Thursday, July 21, 2005

Rove's "Popularity" Pays Dividends For Republican Congressman

Speculation over whether Karl Rove helped leak CIA Operative Valerie Plame's name or identity to reporters hasn't hurt his popularity among the faithful.

And, at least for one congressman, the controversy is paying early dividends.

A July 19 Washington fund-raiser for Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), for which Rove has long been scheduled as the featured guest, became a more desireable event as the controvery surrounding Rove grew.

According to event planners, the fund-raiser was originally designed to draw about 40 people, with tickets at $1,000 for general admission and $2,500 to sit at the "VIP Roundtable Discussion" with Gerlach and Rove.

When all was said and done, though, it was believed more than 100 people attended the reception, with all 15 roundtable seats taken. Apparently, if there had been a way to double (or perhaps triple) the size of the roundtable, the event planners would have had no problem finding takers.

"People want to support Jim Gerlach, and people want to support Karl Rove," event organizer Mike Gula told The Suburban and Wayne (Pa.) Times, for a July 21 article.

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Gerlach's media consultant, John Brabender, offered another take on the situation -- which sounds a lot more like spin.

"A lot of issues will be discussed about Southeastern Pennsylvania" at the roundtable, Brabender told the newspaper. With Rove present, they know "the information will be taken directly to the White House and shared with President Bush."

Right. That's why people wanted to talk with Karl Rove ...

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2 Comments:

Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Love your blog; I've passed through many times but never bothered to leave my compliments yet (sorry!). :-)

10:25 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

How people can support a man who so callously destroys the reputations of good people, Republican and Democrat alike, is beyond me. These people are un-American.

2:42 AM  

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