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. Cynthia

    I agree totally and they should also force Rove to come in and testify or be sent to jail if he refuses.

    July 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Greg

    When does Rove report to congress in answer to the subpeopna....and if not soon when is he put into custody and forced to testify

    July 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Ian M

    Great. We paid for Bush's reelection with tax dollars.

    July 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter from FL

    Rove scares the crap out of me. Every time I see his picture I'm convinced he may actually be an alien.

    July 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. A SONGBIRD SANG IN VIETNAM

    I think the Karl Roves should be banned from Earth.

    They are the scummiest of the scum.

    Kick 'em all out.

    Vote the incumbents out until we get a goverment that works for us, not against us.

    July 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Ken

    Why don't the Democrats do what the American people want them to do. I am tired of this congress doing NOTHING for the American people.

    WAKE UP AMERICA, LET US TAKE OUR GOVERNMENT BACK!

    July 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    yah no more rove why is he not in jail you see dems i say UNITE AND UNITE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Enough Already!

    How corrupt can this administration possibly be? It seems every time we turn around, there is more corruption uncovered.

    July 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. BHO Not my candidate

    Obama will bring in Rezko and Wright....

    July 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Waxman another kool aide drinker.....Maybe he should cast his superdelegate vote as his state voters did for Hillary. I mean this was the original advocated position of the obama campaign when the primaries started then we saw flip flopper Kerry /Kennedy endorse their messiah then obamas position changed? LOL looks like lately obama is following Kerrys 2004 playbook something a Rove type was able to beat despite W's approval ratings......

    Yeah Bambi has a bright future.

    July 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    GOOD!!! this beast, and anyone even slightly similar to him, should not be allowed in politics. rove has no morals, no honor, no integrity, and no soul!!!

    hey waxman, can you do something to ban criminals like bush and cheney too please!!!!

    i heard a beautiful story last night about bush and roveykins heading into church one sunday (how the roof did not cave in with those beasts inside, i do not know). so bush says to rovey, "hey, there's too much controversy surrounding you now..." and it was at that glorious moment that rove was fired from his official position at the white house!

    July 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Donna

    Yes..that would be a great piece of legislation..of course, the Republicans probably won't support it....

    July 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Eileen from Maine

    Why is Karl Rove not behind bars?

    July 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. RealityKing

    And yet, Henry Waxman considers his HUGE staff, paid for by taxpayers, to be a necessity..

    July 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. t

    Well of course they don't want another Rove, he's a genius who's not on their side. Naturally, if someone in the democratic party was as smart as Rove, this issue wouldn't even come up.

    July 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. HANG HIM!!!

    MCWAR- Home, he turned to public service…but not before seeing his wife who had been crippled from an accident, who waited for him all those years, writing and sending him packages, and deciding to leave her for a rich blonde bimbo.(CINDY)
    His philosophy: nothing we haven't seen before, nothing that will get us out of this mess we're in.
    FYI.........................KARL ROVE IS SCUMBAG!!!!

    Yes, Obama speaks with beautiful words, but that does not mean they are empty words. His love for this country is what will change it for the better!

    July 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Richard, FL

    Finally, the Democrats are trying to claim our Constitution back and prevent another disaster like the last 7+ years.

    July 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. scott

    There is no difference between Rove and the propaganda ministers of The Third Reich. Not only should his position be not paid for, it should be prohibited. But before that even, I cannot understand why this creature Rove is still walking the streets.

    July 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Peter

    Talk about setting the political process back about 20 years.

    He was good at what he did, you have to give him that. I only hope that when he is lying on his deathbed, he will ask for forgiveness for what he did like Lee Atwater did.

    July 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. aaaahhhhh

    Karl Rove is the typical guy at work that everyone knows should be fired but hasn't and probably will never get fired. Come on, HR!

    July 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Sacto Joe

    First let the Dems have one and THEN banish it! Same with every nefarious trick the Repubs have pulled over the last seven years!

    July 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. s

    Why not take it a step further and ban Republicans from the White House?!

    July 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Harley Weewax

    Waxman for VP!!!

    He's right though- Why should the American public pay the salary of another turd blossom?

    Count me out

    And Karl should be in jail, if you ask me

    July 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Rove has been the worse thing that ever happened to this country! His dirty politics got Bush elected twice. That alone should be enough to put him in jail.

    July 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Sharon Minnesota

    The Democrats may be shooting themselves in the foot with this one. If Barack Obama manages to get himself elected this year, it'll take a whole political committee of "Rove" types to get him re-elected in 2012. Be careful what you wish for.

    July 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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