Karl Rove

Rove Was The “Architect” Of Bush’s Campaigns And A Powerful Policy Adviser. According to PBS’ Frontline, “After surviving one of the roughest presidential elections in modern times, President George W. Bush singled out one member of his team in particular, calling Karl Rove the campaign’s ‘architect.’ But Rove, a longtime Bush adviser and confidant, is much more than a political guru, he is also the single most powerful — and ambitious — policy adviser in the White House.” [PBS’ Frontline, 4/12/05]

Rove Advised Bush On “Virtually Every Issue That Involved Political And Public Opinion.” According to ABC News, “Once Bush was in the White House, Rove served as a senior adviser and chief political strategist to Bush. He continued to have the ear of the president, advising him on virtually every issue that involved political and public opinion. And his reach extended even further into the Republican party, helping to select Republican political candidates nationwide. Some Washington insiders wonder if Rove has too much influence and interaction with the president. But he has often denied that he ever had the type of access that some said made him so powerful.” [ABC News, October 2005]

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President Bush and Karl Rove after Rove announced his resignation (August 13, 2007)
White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

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President Bush and Laura Bush with Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove after Rove announced his resignation (August 13, 2007)
White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Rove A “Savage Political Competitor” Who Has Been Accused Of Dirty Campaigning. According to ABC News, “Through the years, Rove developed a reputation as a savage political competitor who understands politics from the top of the federal government to the grassroots county level. Many competitors have complained that Rove used dirty campaign tactics and eagerly made use of negative attack ads. But few questioned his success at winning elections.” [ABC News, October 2005]

Rove Was The Source Of The Valerie Plame Leak And Played A Part In Attorney Scandal. According to the Washington Post, “Rove was identified as a source of the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name to columnist Robert Novak in 2003, sparking a federal investigation, though Rove was never charged. He played a key role in the firing of federal prosecutors whom Republicans complained were not aggressively investigating Democratic misdeeds. And he was accused of pressing for the conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D) on federal bribery and conspiracy charges as part of a five-year effort to prevent Siegleman from winning a second term in 2002 and 2006. Rove denied involvement.” [Washington Post, accessed 6/17/13]