Karl Rove made a lightning-quick, lame drop-in at a Stillwater, MN fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate (and ace homophobe) Michele Bachmann last week, and William Prendergast @ The Stillwater Tribune blog has a great first-hand post on the protests outside and Rovian hijinks, with pix of the turd trying to make his way in and out without being seen.
Rove’s entrance and exit. The most tightly guarded I’ve ever seen in small town Minnesota. He had front men and flak catchers, local police, etc. covering his entrance and exits from the building. Didn’t want anybody taking his picture for free. He came in through the back door and he left through a different back door, carefully avoiding all the Americans outside who’d shown up to catch a glimpse of him. You wouldn’t know this was a public relations event from the “heavy security” approach applied to his arrival and departure. A very “South American dictator” style entrance-and-exit, considering that he was appearing here in the heartland and in a Republican-trending district.
It is true that Rove took a little verbal abuse as he attempted to sneak out the back way (“Benedict Arnold!” yelled one guy in the crowd; a reference to Rove’s alleged security leak.) But he took it smilingly as his people made a corridor for him though the crowd. Security volunteers kept them from getting close enough for questions or taking a really good photo.
…According to those inside, Rove’s remarks were unremarkable and rather disappointing to people who hoped to hear him denounce someone or something. That, too, is probably by design; Bachmann’s Sixth District run is going to be another one of her “stealth candidacies.” It’s probably been decided that in order to win this election she needs to downplay her right wing Christian fundamentalist politics; her fundamentalist base is already “in the bag,” so she can only attract more votes by trying to deceive people who don’t know who she really is and what she really stands for.
William Prendergast has a pic of Rove’s escape as well.
Bachmann is a certified nutjob, who does anti-gay roadshows with her buddy, “former homosexual” Janet “rape causes lesbianism” Boynes. She’s been photographed stalking at gay rallies, crouching in bushes to get a glimpse of the homos, who for some reason opposed her neverending battle to pass a marriage amendment in her state…
April 2005: OutFront Minnesota’s 2005 JustFair Lobby Day. Bachmann had to see all the homosexual congregating first-hand. Her comment after someone busted her on this unusual “surveillance” by an elected official: “I had high heels on and I just couldn’t stand anymore. I was not in the bushes.” (More photos at Eleventh Avenue South).
This sort of behavior explains the next mysterious bit of business. At the Rove event, William Prendergast captures this pic (more at his pad):
This dude is across the street, in the venue where the Rove-Bachmann event was held, videotaping protestors before and after the shindig.
Later he came out and started photographing them outside the building, too—didn’t seem interested in recording anything except the people who were protesting the Bachmann/Rove event. I asked him who he was, whether or not he was with the Bachmann/Rove event, why he was videotaping the people who were protesting—and he refused to say! Refused to even answer me; just stared straight ahead and frowned.
Who is he? Readers at The Stillwater Tribune were quick to make the call — they said it is the former Student for Bachmann (a defunct blog) and current shill on the payroll of the Bachmann campaign, Luke Hellier. So far, no response from the Bachmann campaign or Hellier about the above videography fun and games.
Eva at Dump Michelle Bachmann has this standing offer:
I will edit Hellier’s video and post it on You Tube and the Michele Bachmann video blog… at no cost to the Bachmann campaign!!!
Since we’re on the subject of Minnesota political tidbits, how about this news…
Getting it up at 81
Actually, it sounds like Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman’s pop doesn’t need help in some respects…
Coleman’s father was arrested for lewd and disorderly conduct after he was found having sex outside a pizzeria with 38-year old Patrizia Marie Schrag. Norm Coleman, Sr., is 81-years old.
Senator Coleman released a statement declaring “I love my father dearly. I do not condone his actions or behavior, and I am deeply disturbed by what I have learned. He clearly has some issues that need to be dealt with, and I will encourage him to seek the necessary help.”