GOP strategist Karl Rove weighed in on the dispute over the efforts by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure group to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood early this year, siding with those pushing to restore grants, a new book on the dispute reveals.
The revelation comes in the book “Planned Bullyhood” by former Komen Vice President Susan Handel, The Washington Post
reports. Handel had supported the move to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and resigned after Komen reversed course.
The breast cancer advocacy group’s initial decision to cut off grants to the group, long a target of conservatives and anti-abortion groups, sparked a firestorm of protests and resignations and a shakeup of top management of the group known for its Race for the Cure events and pink ribbons.
According to the Post, Handel recounts a conversation with Komen CEO and founder Nancy Brinker in the book as follows:
“We’re so sorry,” said Nancy. “We’re so sorry. But we just have to reverse course.” [...]
Nancy’s reply stunned me. “Karen, I’ve talked to a lot of people. And even Karl says we have to backtrack. There’s just no other way.”
“Karl? Who’s Karl?”
She looked at me strangely as if I should know exactly who she was talking about. She said, “Karl Rove!”
Rove today told The Daily Caller
that the account was "not accurate" although he did not elaborate for the website when reached by phone. He indicated he was disputing the account.
The claim had raised the ire of conservatives, including RedState editor Erick Erickson, who Tweeted he had "concerns" about Rove.
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