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Iowa Governor Blasts Rove, Warns Him To Stay Out Of Congressional Races

Iowa Governor Blasts Rove, Warns Him To Stay Out Of Congressional Races

A Republican governor blasted Karl Rove, warning the fundraiser and PAC leader not to meddle in state and congressional races.

The blast came from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who said he doesn’t want Rove and his Super PAC near his state.

“I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counter-productive and he needs to stay out of it,” Branstad told The Associated Press.

The governor’s blast of Karl Rove goes back to Rove’s poor performance in pushing candidates in 2012, The Associated Press noted:

“The push was prompted in part by the defeat of Republican Senate candidates Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, who lost races the GOP expected to win. The two, who were backed by ultraconservative Tea Party groups, suffered after making controversial comments about rape, and their losses helped kill GOP chances of winning control of the Senate.

“The Rove-backed group is planning to raise money and run ads in primary election campaigns to help candidates seen as more attractive to general election voters. The effort is intended to counterbalance fundraising groups that boosted strong conservatives in primary races.”

Rove’s Super PACs also had terrible performances in 2012. Though he spent more than $300 million of Republican donor money, he saw little in return. An analysis from the Sunlight Foundation, a group that tracks political spending, found that his American Crossroads PAC had a success rate of just 1 percent on the $103 million it spent on attack ads, the worst performance of any outside group for return on investment in the 2012 election.

While the governor blasted Karl Rove, the former Bush adviser has also lost favor in media circles. A longtime contributor to Fox News, Rove stuck to predictions that Mitt Romney would win election in November despite polling evidence to the contrary.

This stubbornness peaked on election night, when Rove argued with the Fox experts on-air after they declared the race for Obama. The moment went viral after Rove’s mini-meltdown caused Fox to send a reporter to the back room, where the polling experts shot down Rove immediately.

It wasn’t just the governor who has blasted Rove. After the incident, he was widely ridiculed, even in Republican circles.

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46 Responses to “Iowa Governor Blasts Rove, Warns Him To Stay Out Of Congressional Races”

  1. Debbie Doran

    Rowe found out in 2012 no matter how much money he has he can't buy an election,,,, folks seen in 2012 how underhanded the GOP can be,,,,, voter suppression and the voter ID laws backfired on them,,,, their agenda was if you can't win an election fair and square, then try to steal it,,,,, lets see what underhanded attempts will they try in 2016.

  2. Tim Ives

    Mr. Rove's downfall was that he forgot to include the 3-5% voter fraud in the swing states. Had he considered it he would have realized it was over.

  3. Tom Thomas

    Timmy's downfall was not getting the mental help IT needed and now it has grown up a putrid POS who LIES and makes EXCUSES for Repugs' losses. Hey Timmy, need any more tin foil hats for your insane conspiracy theories, PUNK!

  4. Tom Thomas

    Hey Rovey, to show that I have no bad feelings towards you, just wanted to warn you, and you can pass this along to DRUGbaugh also. The Japanese are about to go whale hunting again, and last thing you need is a harpoon in YOUR FAT ASS!

  5. Steve Ramsey

    Gov. Bransted was like a broken record all throughout the 2012 election cycle. If somebody asked him what the date was today, he'd turn it into a rant against President Obama. Not only was President Obama decisively reelected, he carried Iowa. Maybe Gov. Bransted got this one right.

  6. Robert Prall

    Don't understand how ANYONE would associate themselves with this "person"! His brain is wired with hate, ignorance, greed, etc. etc. I loved watching him go balistics on election night! It was actually funny! He totally lost it! He should be the poster child of all that is wrong with the Republican hate machine!

  7. Anonymous

    Rove is pure poison–one of the most infectious characters in politics (next to Dick Cheney). This is too bad…he is an astute observer and, though not an original thinker in any way, a fine writer who is able to get to the heart of things. On the other hand, he is one of the most arrogant, mean-spirited, dark and devious characters since Iago. Were he in the same city, I would order a drone to his dome.

  8. Thomas Vaught

    I watched Rove the night of the election trying to find white suburbs where the vote had not yet been totaled hoping to pull out a win. It makes me feel creepy that he's a white person too.

  9. Richard Stremmell

    Where did you come up with that 3-5% voter fraud number. Voter fraud is virtually non-existant. It is only in the minds of right-wing Republican legislators who tried to pass voter suppressing laws based on their mistaken beliefs.

  10. John Smith

    although I'm a democrat, GOOD FOR HIM as rove is really a negative force that the public does not need, I don't care how much money he can contribute, HE IS A NEGATIVE FORCE.

  11. Jesse James

    WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND. THE FILTHY ROVE IS NOW BEING CALLED TO THE CARPET. IT'S ABOUT TIME THAT SOMEBODY WITHIN THE GOP=REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS THE BALLS TO SPEAK UP AND GET THESE CROOKS AND HYPOCRITES IN FRONT OF THE PARTY. THE WHOLE PARTY OF THE GOP=REPUBLICANS NEED TO GET ROVE, CHENEY AND THE KOCKS OUT OF THE PARTY NOW. THE KOCKS IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS, THEY HAVE THE MONEY THAT IS THE FOREFRONT AND THEY NEED TO GET THESE F—– CROOKS OUT AND AWAY FROM THEIR INFLUENCE. WE ALL KNOW THAT ROVE, CHENEY, THE KOCKS AND A FEW OTHERS NEED TO BE MENTIONED AND THEY WILL CRACK THIS EVIL DOER GANG. DUBYA IS ALSO INVOLVED, BUT HE SMOKES TOO MUCH WEED TO ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. THEY JUST NEED HIS MONEY. THE BUSH FAMILY IS TO STUPID TO KNOW MUCH AND TO ADMIT ANYTHING. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND THE CARDS WILL FALL.
    IT'S NOT TO LATE FOR ALL YOUSE GOP=REPUBLICANS TO ADMIT THIS BS WENT ON AND IT'S NOT TO LATE TO BE WITH ME, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND YOUR FELLOW GOP=REPUBLICANS TO ADMONISH THESE CREEPS AND ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO PROCEED ON. COME ON NOW.
    EVEN THIS PRESENT SEQUESTER ACTIVITY IS BS AND IF ANYONE HAS A BRAIN, THEY WANT THE POLITICAL PROCESS TO GO ON AND NOT STALL. I KNOW THAT 95% OF THE VOTERS DON'T UNDERSTAND SEQUESTER AND MANY OTHER WORDS IN THE VOCABULARY THAT THE GOP=REPUBLICANS USE IS ONLY USED TO CREATE CHAOS AND CONFUSION. BUT TAKE IT FROM ME, I AM THERE.
    I AM A REPUBLICAN WHOSE PARTY LEFT HIM. I WOULD LIKE TO SEEM SOME TURNAROUND IN THE BEHAVIOR OF THE GOP=REPUBLICANS. MANY PEOPLE HAVE ANSWERED SOME OF MY COMMENTS AND NARRATIVES IN A NEGATIVE TONE, BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. YOU ARE EITHER CONVINCED THAT THE GOP=REPUBLICANS PRESENTLY ARE THE ARMPITS OF POLITICS OR DON'T CARE. BUT WHEN WE SEE SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLIS ANNOUNCING THAT HE WILL NOT RUN AGAIN IN GEORGIA AND LATELY THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA TELLING KING CARL ROVE TO STAY OUT OF IOWA THEN THAT SAYS SOMETHING. I AM ALWAYS GLAD TO SEE SOMEBODY START THE BALL ROLLING, BUT THE 2ND PERSON, IN THIS CASE THE IOWA GOVERNOR, GIVES MORE SUBSTANCE TO THE ISSUES INVOLVED. THIS WILL CONTINUE, THERE WILL BE MORE PEOPLE IN THE SENATE, HOUSE, GOVERNORSHIP TO COME FORWARD AND GET THE FILTH AND HATRED OUT OF THE POLITICAL REALM.

  12. Anonymous

    Considering the rather insipid comments that Akin and Mourdock made about female rape victims, neither of them needed Rove's assistance to lose the election. Rove was just icing on the cake.

  13. Milton Willis

    It would have been a lot smarter on Rove's part if he would have sent out a new face in his place.He should start working behind the scenes.But I guess the need to look or feel important can cloud a person's ability to think clearly.

  14. Larry Hepner

    I will love it when all is done with what Obama and the rest of the scumbag progressives. They are ruining this country. So when all of our rights are gone don't come a crying.

  15. Larry Hepner

    Richard Stremmell you really dont believe illegal aliens didnt vote. They voted in the millions. Thats why the democrats dont want voter ID. because they know they cant win in real elections.

  16. Bob Barrett

    Uh, Larry…there is not one shred of evidence to support that claim. Zero. None!

  17. Leo Rudd

    Karl has skimmed his millions off the big contributors and had himself appointed to various corporate boards and foundations where he receives big money for doing nothing. He makes me ashamed to be from Texas, but I just thank God that I am not from Alaska.

  18. Ken Nevill

    What you need to do is quit your whining and educate yourself of how the Republicans are, or have, created a two class society, and what the other 98% have in store for the working class. If you are too blind in mind, then wallow in the sty with the other creatures.

  19. Anonymous

    It isn't fun to watch the Republicans eat their own? Another to hate or love super pacs.

  20. Ken Nevill

    Republicans are crying foul…voter fraud. They blame it on Democrats, but their distortions of facts do not lie. That which does not lie is the 2001, election fraud in Rep. Fla., a state controlled by Republicans, and the Attorney General reaped a huge reward for her and the Party. WE all got 'W' as prez. Look at the results we will be experiencing for years to come. The Repos are blaming it all on the Demo's. Most of us know the difference.

  21. Curt da Silva

    Politics is Rove's personal "Fantasy Football League" He loves to manipulate other peoples lives. What has this person actually ever DONE? Does he know what it is like to put food on the table, clothe children and wonder where the money comes from? No. He just sticks his weasel nose in where it does not belong. He is a scourge. He is everything that is dirty, nasty and evil about politics. He has no value. His agenda is that of the billionaire. Tar and feather him and run him out of town on a rail.

  22. Curt da Silva

    How about the 30% to 40% fraud in the red states? Then he would have realized it was over before it ever started. That is what Republicans are after. Supress the vote.

  23. Curt da Silva

    Larry Hepner , show us the proof. I know you can't noone can. It didn';t happen. There were republican hawks out there at every polling station, just looking to jump an illegal. It didn't happen. If it had it would have everywhere in the paper. Libersals would not have stood for it. Republicans are thick with theives. Want illegal voting activities. Follow the republicans.

  24. Web Webster

    I say, bring Rove on! The net effect of his efforts was to help defeat tea-party extremists. Plus he fleeced a lot of money from a lot of people, and pumped most of it into the economy. Karl Rove is my new hero!

  25. Dennis Brock

    Since Fox News dumped Dick Morris for his poor predictions will they also do the same with Karl Rove? Hey Karl.. the electorate is changing.. my advice is to change with the times or you'll be left behind.

  26. Anonymous

    Larry Hepner Which Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck rant supplied you with those non existent figures?