Rove, Hughes team up for fundraiser for Perry

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Ja­son Em­bry

Call it the kiss-and-make-up event.

Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, top ad­vis­ers to for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, are among the named hosts of a Sept. 7 fundraiser for Gov. Rick Perry in Austin.

Perry and the Bush crowd didn’t have much use for each other ear­lier this year in the Repub­li­can pri­mary, when Perry beat back a chal­lenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bai­ley Hutchi­son. Hughes was among a num­ber of folks from the Bush world, in­clud­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney, who pub­licly en­dorsed Hutchi­son. Rove did not make a pub­lic en­dorse­ment, but he was widely known to have backed Hutchi­son as well.

In en­dors­ing Hutchi­son last Au­gust, Hughes said, “We can choose some­one who has cho­sen to po­lar­ize or some­one who brings peo­ple to­gether.”

Perry’s chief strate­gist, Dave Car­ney, said this of the Bush crowd when asked by The New York Times last year: “They’re not con­ser­va­tives. They’re coun­try-club Repub­li­cans.” Asked specif­i­cally about Rove, he said, “It would be im­pos­si­ble to deny that there are Rea­gan Repub­li­cans and there are Bush Repub­li­cans.”

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