Washington (CNN) – Don’t look for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to choose between celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Karl Rove, the Bush adviser who’s been at the end of Trump’s ire on Twitter.
“I know both of them. They're all good Republicans. We have good disagreements, just like the other side. And when you lose after a presidential race, there's always this soul searching. I think it's healthy,” McDonnell said on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront.”
His remarks came after a sustained lashing of Rove by Trump, who wrote various messages on Twitter criticizing the GOP operative for his new group designed to help electable Republicans win primaries.
I don't like bullies. I am not going to stand around and watch @KarlRove target the Tea Party. Karl Rove gave us Barack Obama. Loser.—
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2013
Is @karlrove incompetent? 400 million dollars down the drain and not 1 victory!—
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 08, 2013
Why are people giving money to Karl Rove when he just wasted $400M without any victories? Use your head.—
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 07, 2013
Trump isn’t the only conservative angry at Rove, whose new group is affiliated with American Crossroads, the super PAC that Rove co-founded.
Brent Bozell, the conservative activist and author, issued scathing criticism of Rove's new group.
"The moderate GOP establishment record in Senate races last year was abysmal: every single one of their candidates lost," Bozell wrote. "We don't need a second Democrat Party in Washington."
All of the sniping is to be expected, McDonnell argued Monday.
“Look, this is just part of the process,” he said. “I'm not that worried about it. I don't call it a civil war. It's a disagreement in the family. And we'll be a stronger Republican Party going forward.