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GOP strategist Karl Rove bashes Obama administration over scandals

Republican strategist Karl Rove blasted the Obama administration over three recent scandals Saturday night but told North Carolina Republicans to be “cautious” about believing the issues will resonate into 2014.

“People will be sick and tired of these scandals” by the midterms, he told delegates to the state GOP convention at dinner at the Westin hotel.

Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, criticized the administration’s handling of last year’s Benghazi attack, the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups and the Justice Department’s seizure of journalists’ phone records over a series of government leaks. Some of his harshest criticism fell on the IRS.

“This is America,” he said. “There’s no room for this kind of thuggish behavior.”

Rove also criticized Democratic U.S. Sen Kay Hagan, who will be one of his party’s top targets next year. He said her Web page fails to mention her support of the Affordable Care Act or President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus.

“There’s not a single word in there about Obamacare,” he said. “I think the woman doesn’t want you to know what her record is.”

That brought a response from a spokesman for the N.C. Democratic Party.

“Karl Rove and his shady special-interest allies know Kay Hagan is a jobs-focused moderate who will work across the aisle,” Ben Ray said in an email. “North Carolinians deserve a senator that will fight for their values and their jobs, not the highest bidder.”

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059
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