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.

Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. The real Rush lim shady

    Hey PUMA morons,

    McCain is so sexist that if elected, he will even consider taking away women's voting rights
    Now that is just how sexist the guy is....and if u still wanna vote for him, do us a favor and stop all the yapping

    July 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. beevee

    I support the move. There is no place for crooks in President's administrative staff.

    July 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. mk

    PUMA campaign = Operation Chaos, Part 2

    July 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    Thank you! and to think....my hard earned tax dollars went to him. And what did I get in return? Thinking about it gives me a headache even now.

    July 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. David in KC

    Rove isn't some brilliant shining star. He helped orchestrate the most unpopular failed administration in modern American history. How smart does one have to be to achieve that?

    July 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Reality Again

    As far as public radio goes, it's a well accepted fact that the truth is not considered political spin. You can't call it political spin because they don't support your lies.

    July 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Tom

    Why don't we ban America hating leftist freaks like Waxman from setting foot in my country and getting within the United States' territorial waters?

    July 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. David

    What a great idea. It should be enacted before President Obama takes office so none of his political operatives can occupy the White House. Fantastic idea. Glad Waxman thought of it. LOL

    July 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. paul

    I love this about the Democrats because it proves they are nothing but whiney losers. And yes they are also pathetic.

    They cry that Bush is so dumb and Rove is the Anti-Christ and yet get beat both them in 2000 and 04.

    Yes they new war cry is if you cant beat them then ban them. Just like anything else the Democrats hate they just give us more bans.

    They want to ban free speech/rights to own guns and even bans on your right to smoke.

    The only thing they don’t want to ban is their new tax hikes.

    I wish we had a million Roves so we could ban people from voting for these left wing nut jobs called Democrats.

    July 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. cvr924

    And We are all supposed to congratulate the Dems in figuring this out.
    Took 8 years to figure it out LOL , they are a day late and a dollar short as usual.

    July 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. The Austrian

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

    Right on, Waxman! It's almost as absurd as a Congress with a historically low apporval rating voting to raise their tax-payer-funded salaries!

    Wait a minute....

    July 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Mae, CA

    No More Rove's in WH. Please start proceedings immediately! Why can't he be prosecuted? At least he should be "fired" & this position should be no more. WH no place for Rove's & others like him.
    OBAMA FOR PRES. 08. We Love You Obama.

    July 8, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Doug in Seattle

    Waxman is one of the good ones. Rove is not.

    July 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Voter from Minnesota

    Just wait. Everything Obama and his surrogates say one day, change the next day. If it wasn't for Bill and Hillary Clinton, he wouldn't know what to do.

    July 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Just wondering

    Why isn't Waxman putting this criminal in jail instead of posturing about "future Roves"?

    July 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Dems are Weak

    I'll believe it wwhen I see it .... the Dems have accomplished nothing a all in the last two years.

    July 8, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. the patriot

    Hey ARB what side are ON, first you said it will be bad if Obama get elected, then you said you support Obama, cmon man make up your brain.

    July 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Pete

    I guess the D's forget the name Harold Ickes?

    July 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    This should have been done in the last century. It's not about liberal vs. conservative; it's about criminal vs. legal.

    July 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    Rove is what got GW elected TWICE...With all the odds in Obamas' favor, McCain is still making it a close race. All of those states that voted before the Rev. Wright, Rezko incidents are seeing the side of him they did not see before they voted. The more we see of the real Obama the less we like him. If they knew then what they know now Hillary would be the nominee. I will write her name on my ballot in November, and let the chips fall where they may.

    July 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. paul

    Sam, Muncie, Ind. You are half right!
    Democrats will not stoop to Republican levels to win.

    That is so true why would they want to step up in the world when they occupy its lowest level.

    Obama and the rest of his party is lower then scum!

    July 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. louisa

    Another news headline, but highly doubtful if Dem can and will do anything meaningful about it. Dem has been trying to get at Rove for god-knows how long, and where is Rove now? Safe and sound.

    To be sure, if the Dem has anyone has effective as Rove, Dem would not be in such shambles. But you know what, Obama looks pretty close to Bush in sticking-to-his-scripts, not-answering-questions, and Obama is one-up Bush in shifting positions. How brilliant – and we still have this whole herd chanting Change for this same-old-same-old Obama.

    If you say Rove is sick to the bone, I'd say Obama is not that far off.

    July 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Lets see, Congress is at a 9% approval rating. I think Waxman and the rest of the House and Senate are grossly overpaid.

    July 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Ardnuas

    Congress should have him ARRESTED for having those U.S. Attorneys fired.

    July 8, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Al

    Sounds as if old Henry is po'd that the republicans got the best of the liberals for eight years.

    July 8, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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