Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Rove met with protesters

At yesterday's exlusive $250 per plate Republican luncheon fundraiser for Mike Whalen, Bush strategist Karl Rove was greeted by a small group of protesters. The picture above was taken by the Courier, and made the front page of the Times as well.

This QC Times article, titled "Rove catches grief during Iowa stop", details the event through interviews with protesters and attendees, as the media was shut out of the Sunnyside Country Club, where the luncheon was held. Since the media was not allowed in the event, they obviously focused on the protesters.

Reportedly, signs read:

“Rove fiddles while working families burn.”

“Health care is a right, not a privilege.”

“Karl Rove, congratulations on not getting indicted!” Signed, “Concerned Iowans.”

Between the, headline, picture, and the article, I'd say the net gain for Whalen on this event was a few thousand dollars and a lot of negative connotation in the press.

In response to the Rove visit, Bruce Braley held a press conference of his own at a local senior center.

Braley discussed Medicare Part D, social security, and minimum wage.

The next Whalen campaign event is to feature VP Cheney.

Again, I find it interesting that the candidate in the GOP primary that ran as the "outsider" to the Washington establishment chooses to bring in people that couldn't possibly belong any more to the Washington establishment.

Hopefully Whalen will get better press for the Cheney visit, which will be in Davenport on a date to be announced.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whalen has handed his campaign over to the NRCC. Cookie-cutter plan for all districts across Iowa. First District voters are smarter than than. I hope.

3:09 PM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cookie cutter? What would you describe Bridesmaid Enterprises strategy on campaigns? They are the gold standard or Betty Crocker of cookie cutter approaches to everything!

7:06 AM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We haven't heard any more details on the scheduled Cheney visit. Maybe Whalen's trying to back out of being seen with these guys all the time...It would probably be a smart move.

9:15 AM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder what restaurant in Davenport he'll have the event at? Will his campaign have to pay for the event? What a way to make yourself a little dough off of your contributors Mike Mike Mike!!!

9:23 AM, June 29, 2006  

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