Karl Rove to keynote state GOP’s convention

Karl RoveKarl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, will keynote the Saturday-night banquet at the California Republican Party’s 2013 Spring Convention March 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento.

Rove – among the most respected or reviled political strategists of modern times, depending on your point of view – oversaw the Bush White House’s offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs. He also was deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Before becoming known as “The Architect” of Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden. He is also a Fox News contributor and writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • moderate voter

    He should title his speech “How I bankrupted the US”. I recall he advised former President Bush to cut taxes – for the wealthy – giving them tax rebates they didn’t need and barely noticed they were getting. The previous President – Clinton – had the budget balanced, the economy boomed, and the US was on a roll. I now just tune out guys like Rove, Ginginch, Romney – these guys are all multi-millionaires, they speak this “cut taxes” mantra all the time, they are just trying to put more money in thier own pockets, and money in the pockets of all these billionaires who finance all these PACS and special interest groups that fund them. If Rove wants to get the Republicans back on thier feet he needs to start explaining why the top 1% now get 20% of US wealth, when they got just 8% in 1960. The Republican party is in shambles because of the fairness issue, we got people working all day long making 75 bucks a day and they are paying less taxes than these plutocrats who draw down 20% of the national wealth.

  • Elwood

    @ moderate voter #1

    I thought it was Bush’s fault!

  • Common Tater

    At last, the CA-GOP will be exposed to a little sanity.

  • JohnW

    Re: 2

    Remember his nickname, “Bush’s brain.”

  • JohnW

    Re: #1

    He could also title his speech “How my SuperPac spent $300 million from donors and ended up with nothing to show for it.”