Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's ascension to the White House, is leaving at the end of this month to return home to Texas.
Rove is one of the most controversial figures in the Bush administration and was recently subpoenaed by Congress to testify about the role he may have played in the firings of several U.S. attorneys.
President Bush blocked Rove's testimony, citing executive privilege. Heated speculation surrounded Rove in the CIA leak case but he was never charged with wrongdoing.
Rove, a deputy White House chief of staff, managed Bush's 2000 Presidential campaign and his successful re-election in 2004. He was also credited with helping to boost Republican majorities in Congress. Concurrently, he was widely criticized when Republicans lost control of the U.S. House and Senate in last November's mid-term elections. Democrats have long questioned Rove's tactics, accusing him of promoting divisive wedge issues for political gain.U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) today released this statement on the announced resignation of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove:
“No matter your personal opinion, Karl Rove has established himself as one of the best political minds of this generation. I don’t know that we will see another person so gifted in the political arena anytime in the near future. Karl Rove has served his country in the crucible that is the West Wing, and he has done so with skill. Any person who chooses to enter public service is worthy of our gratitude, and he has mine. Karl has been a friend to Arkansas, and especially the Third District, having traveled here to speak with residents about the issues facing the White House. On his most recent trip to Arkansas, he honored our men and women in uniform. For that, I am especially grateful.”