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Rove Cancels RNC Appearances
Juggling appearances before a grand jury and conservative admirers didn't seem to make sense, so presidential adviser Karl Rove has canceled three such outings as he waits to hear whether he or anyone else will be indicted in the leak of a CIA officer's identity.
Rove canceled plans to attend two Republican fund-raisers, the national party confirmed Tuesday. And he did not give his scheduled speech to the conservative Hudson Institute think tank on Oct. 11.
Republican National Committee spokesman Brian Jones said scheduling conflicts kept Rove from an RNC fund-raiser Monday night in Greenwich, Conn., and a Virginia Republican Party fund-raiser Saturday.
Jones would not specify what the conflicts were or
whether they had anything to do with the federal grand jury that Rove has
testified before four times. "He was unable to attend," Jones
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman filled in for Rove at the Virginia fund-raiser and Lynne Cheney took his place in Connecticut, Jones said.
Jones said that Rove, who is Bush's top political aide, currently has no plans to appear at upcoming RNC events.
The Democratic National Committee seized on Rove's
cancellations as evidence that Republicans are struggling with ethical problems.