Texas Sec. of State Admits He Fired Lawyer after He Got Call from Rove

GOP rots from head down: Here is an update to this story about a staff member in the Texas secretary of state’s office who was fired after she gave a quote to the Washington Post that indicated Karl Rove may be voting illegally in Texas:

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove personally called the Texas secretary of state about a newspaper story quoting a staff lawyer about whether Mr. Rove was eligible to vote in the state.

The lawyer was subsequently fired.

Secretary of State Roger Williams said that he decided to dismiss the lawyer after talking with Mr. Rove but that the White House adviser didn’t request that he do so.

“Absolutely not,” said Mr. Williams, a longtime supporter of President Bush and a major GOP fundraiser.

“Karl called me. He had read the article and wanted to know if it was our stance” that his voter registration status in Texas might be in jeopardy, he said. “I told him it wasn’t and that the person who gave that opinion was not authorized to do so.”


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