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'Wash Post' Bombshell: Rove Played Politics with GSA

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Wash Post' Bombshell: Rove Played Politics with GSA

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With the Bush administration already reeling from charges that its Attroney General played politics with U.S. attorney firings, The Washington Post is out today with a front-page story that promises more trouble for the White House, in somewhat the same vein.

The article, by Scott Higham and Robert O'Harrow Jr., opens as follows. The complete report can be found at www.washingtonpost.com.*

Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove's political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier this year with top GSA political appointees, who discussed ways to help Republican candidates.

With GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan and up to 40 regional administrators on hand, J. Scott Jennings, the White House's deputy director of political affairs, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Jan. 26 of polling data about the 2006 elections.

When Jennings concluded his presentation to the GSA political appointees, Doan allegedly asked them how they could "help 'our candidates' in the next elections," according to a March 6 letter to Doan from Rep. …

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