Karl Rove Resigns
Posted by nytexan on August 13, 2007
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior political adviser, will voluntarily step down from his White House post at the end of the month, senior administration officials said Monday.
“Obviously it’s big loss to us, said Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino. “He is a great colleague, good friend and a brilliant mind.”
Perino said Rove “wouldn’t be going if he wasn’t sure this is the right time to be giving more time to his family.”
The president and Rove are expected to speak before boarding Marine One at the White House at 11:35 a.m. ET. Bush will head to his Crawford, Texas, ranch where he will remain for the rest of the week.
Rove, who has held a top position in the White House since Bush took office in January 2001, is to stand down on August 31.
“I just think it’s time,” Rove told the Wall Street Journal. “There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.”
Bush nicknamed Rove “the architect” for creating the plan that won the White House in 2000 and 2004.
Rove told the newspaper that he would leave Washington to return to Texas and that he had first suggested the idea of leaving a year ago.