July 8th, 2008
03:37 PM ET
14 years ago

Dem wants to ban future Roves from the White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/08/art.rove.gi.jpg caption="Rove is a former top Bush aide."](CNN) - The future Karl Roves of the world may be outlawed from working in the White House.

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, suggested to a Capitol Hill newspaper that he is considering legislation that bans the use of federal money to fund a position similar to the one the longtime Bush aide held in the White House.

Rove, who orchestrated both of the president's successful electoral victories, headed the White House's Office of Political Affairs and the Office of Public Liaison during Bush's first term. Democrats have long accused Rove of using those offices - which include interacting with political committees and interest groups - to essentially run the president's 2004 reelection campaign.

“Why should we be using taxpayer dollars to have a person solely in charge of politics in the White House?” Waxman told The Hill. “Can you imagine the reaction if each member of Congress had a campaign person paid for with taxpayer dollars?”

Ethics rules in the Senate are considerably clearer when it comes to conducting political business: congressional aides are banned from using government phones, e-mail, and computers for any politically-related job.

Waxman's office confirmed the accuracy of the quotes, but would not comment further.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. legally

    Wow. How can so many people be so ignorant. What crime has Karl Rove committed? Further, what "war crimes" has the administration committed? Go and read the United States Constitution, you idiots. None of what the administration alleged did amounts to any crime, much less war crimes.

    July 8, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Marc PDX

    LOL! Karl kicked their butts! Better stop that from happening again....

    July 8, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. A.J. in Fla

    Mr Waxman needs to immediately consider to undertake a rigid "fiber" diet

    July 8, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to steveoij:

    Then why is it the non-partisan watch-dog/media watch groups rate Limbaugh last in veracity and factual accuracy (16% of the time)?

    I guess some people need someplace to go to get their opinions; as a liberal, I develop my own after weighing the facts, not holding on the word of the Oxycontin Prince!

    July 8, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Bryan

    I pose this question only out of curiosity: is there nobody in the world, who reads cnn, who has one nice thing to say about this man, Karl Rove? Not that I do but there are folks out there who are somehow still convinced Bush is great, and who can help them but with some medication, but really, nobody, not one person (somebody in his family, maybe?) who thinks Mr. Rove is a nice guy at heart, that he's misunderstood, that this evil liberal media distorts him unfairly, nothing? Baffles me.

    July 8, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Ken July 8th, 2008 3:43 pm ET wrote:
    Why don't the Democrats do what the American people want them to do?

    If the American people want the DEMs to do what they need done for them, then the American people need to elect more DEMs to both houses and sure enough real work will be done.

    July 8, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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