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 administrations handling of last years Benghazi attack, the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups and the Justice Departments 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. Theres no room for this kind of thuggish behavior.
Rove also criticized Democratic U.S. Sen Kay Hagan, who will be one of his partys top targets next year. He said her Web page fails to mention her support of the Affordable Care Act or President Barack Obamas 2009 economic stimulus.
Theres not a single word in there about Obamacare, he said. I think the woman doesnt 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.
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