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. Broad street buddy

    Karl Rove should be banned from the United States of America!!!!

    July 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Steve in Tucson

    Carl Rove, the CON in CONsertative. We are taking our country back in November when the CONS are ran out of Washington!

    July 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Ohio

    I now think that it is a joke everything PUMA people say. Since when would a Hillary supporter defend Rove.

    July 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Get Real

    Stop being such sore losers. Just win the darn election, then you can have it your way. It's not the Rep's fault that the Dems are so disfunctional that they can't win elections they supposed to win.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Anthony

    It is too late now, because the official campaign strategy is, put a spin on everything and sell it to the public. The public is seems is gullible and will buy anything. Then when you are in power use that power to destroy your opponent.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Bill in San Jose

    Can we ban future Roves from FOX news too, oh wait that's right, that would mean banning Faux Noise altogether.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. ARB

    it will be just as disastrous if obama gets elected richard.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Dave in IL

    Let's get real about this. Next time the job can be called Presidental Dog Walker but have the same responsibilities unofficially. Does Waxman think he or one of his cronies will get to approve of each job in the Executive branch.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. William Clark

    Not only should any future Karl Rove be banned, the one we have ought to be tried and convicted for capital treason.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    t:

    It isn't a question of intelligence, it's a question of decency. Democrats will not stoop to Republican levels to win.

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. crazy bastages

    So what your sayng is that dems cant fight on their own 4 legs and need to have a govt action to win an election. Obamas pockets are loaded with corperate gold. vote libertatian

    July 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Tim Hutchins

    Why bother? The President will vetoe it, even if it should get through the Senate. Also, as soon as a democrat gets into the
    White House, Waxman will introduce a new bill to kill this one. The congress of the US is dividing our country; they really think they are put there only to destroy Bush. Not!

    July 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Timothy

    I agree get Karl Rove out because this man is trouble, and Karl Rove is causing the coruptions in the White House Karl Rove is why American Hate Washington.

    July 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Paul

    I like Karl Rove and think Henry Waxman and Harry Reid are political hacks of the worst order. Waxman's criticism of Rove is hypocrisy of the highest order. Saying politicians can't work in the White House is ridiculous.

    July 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. vahe

    ooo god please save us

    July 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. saga4obama

    July 8th, 2008 4:02 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    UUGGGG! do you people have any idea who the REAL JOHN MCCAIN IS? well guess not and you wont either until it is tooooo late. John McCain and his BIG OIL lobbyist, special interest groups and 527s are using the SAME BUSH RNC tactics they have used in the past…i beg you to research John McCain…key words: songbird McCain, ENRON loophole, the McCain Bill, McCain-Feingold bill, USS Forrestal, $307 billion farm bill, ROEvWADE, Carol McCain, Keating 5,Vicki L. Iseman, "Senator John McCain has made a career out of serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its army of lobbyists, bagmen, and corrupt bankers during the last three decades.", "Tom Loeffler, McCain’s finance co-chair received $15 million from Saudi clients since 2002," look up Gramm...there is so much more
    McCain pulled the wool over the eyes of America...just like BUSH
    WILL THERE EVEN BE AN AMERICA IN 2012 IF MCCAIN IS IN THE WH 08.
    why would you vote for a man you wouldn't want your own kids around…UGGG! this is toooo important

    July 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Saad from NJ

    Stop people like Carl Rove from the White House...... ok.... They go to Fox News. Which one is more evil, Carl Rove or Fox News?

    July 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. NO CONSCIOUS!!!!

    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.
    HE is a DIRTY FAT HEADED PILLSBURY DOUGH BOY --NO CONSCIOUS

    July 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Cyrus

    "Can you imagine the reaction if each member of Congress had a campaign person paid for with taxpayer dollars?"

    Tell me he's kidding....

    That not only describes ANY member of Congress...it also describes a fair percentage of their staff members. For the love of God, concentrate on things that matter, like health care, the economy, the war, unemployment....

    July 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Raymond Duke

    The democrats can't do that. How will reverend wright , Resko and Obama's terriost friends get a job there. Just another political ploy by the democrats. They all put their political buddies who help them get elected in office or pay them off with goverment contracts. How do you think we got idiots with no idea how to do their jobs in both democrat and republican administrations.

    July 8, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Rove may be a smart man, a very smart man, but smarts does not the man's character.

    It is said that "power corrupts, and ultimate power corrupts ultimately." That is not quite right.

    "Power attracts those most easily corrupted."

    July 8, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Elizabeth

    CARL ROVE IS A DESPICABLE CREATURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    Get A BIG FAT RESTRAINING HARRASMENT ORDER against him and agains BUSH so that these two dont come near or close to the US SOIL

    July 8, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. mitchell hussein martin

    The democrats sound so stupid right now.

    July 8, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. T Stein

    One more example of the do nothing Congress. Oil prices out of control etc. but let's blow smoke about Rove so we look busy .Maybe we need to drag some more CEO's up on capital hill for a dog and pony show which amounts to NOTHING .
    Bush has a higher approval rating than these clowns.

    July 8, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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