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. josh good NYC

    Rove scares me almost as much as Obama. Oh that's right, dissent against Obama has been outlawed. I will keep my mouth shut.

    July 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I agree with Vahe – God please save us! I have never seen as many idiotic statements as I've seen today! Have people's minds blanked out the last 8 TERRIBLE years? You want more? I can't believe any half way intelligent person would.

    July 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Nancy

    Cheney wanted testimony cut, ex-EPA official says

    we want such headings on ticker CNN...
    It affects us all...
    especially tomorrows.

    July 8, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. bud in NC

    The guy is immoral, ammoral, unconcienable, perverse, dishonest, lying, conniving, cheating, cruel, fatuas, unpatriotic, hate filled, sleezy, hog joweled, degenerate, corupt, Machiavelen, etc. All wrapred up in one rotund barely human body.No one else in the history of the world has accomplished anything close to this.

    July 8, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. SeiTAN

    Karl, Jesse says to say "Hi" and let you know that he misses you and hopes to see you soon.
    Hugs and kisses,

    Beez.

    July 8, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Independent guy

    karl Rove should be in prison along with Bush and Cheney

    July 8, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. ARB

    i support obama with all my heart.

    July 8, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Illinidiva

    Actually all the members of Congress do have people on staff devoted soley to their reelection, so the whining is ridiculous.

    July 8, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Wonderful! I fully support this measure. But I think Rove should be in jail for his illegalities, but then you'd probably have to jail the rest of the repubicans too cause most of them are crooked. John Mcwar doesn't stand a chance this year.
    And Kevin – you sound like the whiney loser.

    July 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Walter, Long Beach

    Sympathetic as I am with the idea, you can't get rid of corruption by banning particular kinds of positions. Unscrupulous politicians will simply hide their henchmen in jobs that are legitimate now but can be corrupted down the road.

    The only way to discourage political corruption is to prosecute it when it occurs. The House should hold Rove in contempt for refusing to comply with its subpoena and then throw him in jail immediately.

    July 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Wow, and to think that:

    *"W" ran on the platform of "I will return DIGNITY to the White House" – NOT!! Rove/Chaney/Libby/Foley/Craig and many others prove differently. Pedophiles, hypocrites, liars and thieves they are!
    *Republicans are for smaller, less intrusive government – Not! If that was the case they wouldn't inject themselves nor legislation into private family matters (Terri Schiavo case, Illegal wiretapping, etc.).
    *Republicans are economically conservative – NOT! Surplus to HUGE deficit in 0.2 seconds.

    July 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Peter E

    Note: this article is misleading. He only says that he wants the public office to be closed. He doesn't want taxpayers to pay for another Rove. But he leaves the door wide open for non-publicly financed (i.e. financed from campaign donations, party donations, etc.) Roves for any future democratic presidents.
    And he also doesn't address all those secret meetings Cheney had with oil executives who basically wrote our entire energy policy. They were not paid by taxpayer dollars but they sure dictated policy on how the rest of us taxpayers are going to live for years to come! I guess that's also ok for democrats...

    July 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. michigan voter

    Isn't David Axlerod the "Karl Rove" of the Dems??? You better do your research people.

    July 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Steveoij

    Liberals always love to 'ban' and outlaw republican ideas that work, don't they?

    Fairness doctrine anyone? They are so consumed with Rush Limbaugh they want a law to keep him off the radio too.

    Liberals love the first amendment, don't they? Free speech..as long as you agree with us. Pathetic libs.

    July 8, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Karl Goes to Prison

    WHERE IS KARL'S FLAG PIN ???? OH MY, HE MUST BE A TERRORIST !!! Ooooh i'm scared !!

    July 8, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Bridgette-PA

    TO: "BHO not my candidate", go play in heavy traffic. Don't talk stupid on this blog. We are here to talk about serious issues, not read about how much you love Rev. wright and Rezko......that issue is long past, we got real issues to deal with. Rev. Wright and Rezko have nothing to do with OBAMA....are you mad that they didn't befriend you??
    HATER!

    OBAMA / SEBELIUS- 08!

    July 8, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Tim

    McSame already has his book, so no need to have him in the White House when you have him on speed dial!!! You won't have to worry about change, casue he won't make any!!!

    No Bush/and McSame!!!!

    July 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. jean "HUISSEIN"

    I HATE THIS GUY. I'M GLAD THAT WE DID NOT LET HIM GAVE A SPEECH AT MY SCHOOL.

    HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED AS SOON AS BUSH IS OUT OF OFFICE.

    BARRACK HUISSEIN OBAMA 08 AND 12

    July 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Chuck

    1.) Ending unpopular war and returning toops. Check
    2.) Oil prices on the rise. Check
    3.) Crooked president in the White House. Check
    4.) Carterbama running for president. Check.

    Yup it's 1976 all over again!!!!

    July 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Griff

    Remember Democrats... August! Will be Hate, Hate, Hate.....
    August the 8th 2008.... Get it while you will!! Because your finished in 2009. End of the Line for you............

    July 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Drew, Appleton, Wisconsin

    C'mon, you're all giving Karl Rove too much credit; the guy's nothing special. He just happened to be running Bush's re-election show when a lot of Americans were so terrified of the terrorism boogeyman they would've followed Stalin if he promised them safety. Well, the little 9/11 honeymoon's over ... and Rove's with it.

    July 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Lee

    Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa – U R sofa king we todd it. Why would you vote for policies that got the U.S. in the mess we are in now just because you didn't like how you're candidate was treated. Apparently HRC has a bigger set than you and is able to realize her lack of management skills and lack of new ideas were what lost her the nomination and not any percieved sexism. PUMA please grow up.

    July 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Anne E.

    Kudos to Rep. Waxman for trying to correct this most egregious mistake. I say, whatever it takes to ensure this doesn't happen again, DO IT - at least Rep. Waxman won't use Rovian tactics to keep future Roves out of where Rove should never have been in the first place.
    And I hope Congress flexes its collective muscle to arrest Rove, if necessary, since he thinks he's above the law and refuses to testify before Congress! LOCK HIM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY.

    July 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Wasn't this position created during the Clinton administration?

    July 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Shane

    THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT FLAWS IN OUR COUNTRY. FIRST OF ALL THEY NEED TO GET RID OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE, WHICH WORKED DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF OUR COUNTRY, AND DO IT BY COUNTING EACH VOTE. ROVE SHOULD BE SENT TO THE FRONT LINES IN AFGANASTAN

    July 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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