(CNN) - A senior Democratic strategist said Monday that the party could release campaign ads in some targeted congressional districts attacking Karl Rove and his ties to a new conservative group, American Crossroads. Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, is helping to lead the new cash-flush group.
Democrats have been testing Rove's popularity, and he "continues to be unpopular with the Democratic base" says the Democratic strategist. The political spots presumably would remind voters that Rove is still a campaign presence for Republicans, particularly given his involvement with what the Democratic strategist calls "a secretly funded corporate campaign."
American Crossroads, which is funding both GOP ads and a get-out-the-vote effort, was created, according to Republicans with knowledge about the group, out of dissatisfaction with the performance of the Republican National Committee among some GOP political elites. Says one senior GOP-er, the organization is "trying to make up for what the RNC hasn't done."
Rove has lately tangled with some Tea Party activists when he publicly criticized Chistine O'Donnell, the GOP Senate nominee in Delaware, as unelectable – endangering GOP chances of taking control of the Senate.