Rove, Hughes team up for fundraiser for Perry
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.”