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Jim Gerlach must be worried about Lois Murphy, the Democrat who came within a whisker of unseating him last year and is running against him again in 2006.

Gerlach insists that a fundraiser headlining Karl Rove will go on as planned on Tuesday, despite calls from his district to avoid the unseemliness of rubbing elbows with the man who revealed classified state secrets for the purpose of ruining the career of the wife of an administration critic, according to a story by Mary Ann Akers which appeared in Roll Call (subscription) last Thursday.

"We've actually gotten more RSVPs in the last couple of days because of Rove being in the paper," says Michael Gula of Keelen Communications, the firm handling the fundraiser for Gerlach. "We're getting a lot of free press."

Rove wants to keep Gerlach in Congress because Gerlach is one of the core residents of Tom DeLay's House of Scandal. Gerlach has received almost $30,000 directly from DeLay's scandal money, so his unwavering loyalty to DeLay (and Rove and Bush, of course) is rock solid. Gerlach has also given $2,000 to DeLay's legal defense fund.

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Murphy called for Gerlach to consider the concerns that his constituents have about Rove's activities, the Philadelphia Inquirer (registration) reported.

"Jim Gerlach should do the right thing and not feature Karl Rove at his fund-raiser," said Lois Murphy, Gerlach's likely Democratic challenger for the Sixth District congressional seat.

By not cancelling Rove's appearance at the fundraiser at a time when the evidence of serious wrongdoing is mounting daily, Gerlach is creating an unsavory and undeserved connection between the good citizens of his district and Rove's lawlessness.

Gerlach's constituents deserve to be treated in an honorable manner and the honorable thing is to postpone Rove's appearance until such time as he is cleared in this matter. Instead, Gerlach is featuring Rove as his headliner and endorsing all that Rove has done and stands for as he accepts Rove's endorsement.

Many of us who live in this district are deeply concerned about the damage Rove has done to our national security by leaking classified state secrets. And we are equally concerned about the ongoing threat to our security posed by his continued access to classified information.

"This is not a personal attack," (Murphy) said. "It is legitimate criticism. He is cozying up to Washington insiders rather than taking seriously the concerns people here in the district have about Karl Rove."

The rooftop fundraiser includes a "VIP roundtable discussion" with Rove. A $1,000 check gets you in, but it takes a $2,500 check to get a seat at the table with him.

As Gula wrote in an email to Akers:

"We will not be canceling or postponing the Gerlach fundraiser on Tuesday night with Karl Rove. As Ronald Reagan once said, 'you dance with the one that brung ya.'"

The notion of Jim Gerlach and Karl Rove dancing a frenzied, pulsating dance on an air-conditioned roof-top overlooking a sizzling, sweltering, angry Washington full of people suffering on the short end of Bush's cruel tax cuts to the repetitive, rhythmic, hypnotizing music of ka-chinging cash registers along with a bunch of rich Halliburton lobbyists shovelling taxpayer money that should have paid for up-armoring Humvees into Gerlach's coffers just makes me want to vomit.

But I'm going to save that bile for another day.

Instead, I'm going to funnel my anger into a positive channel and send Lois Murphy some love.

Originally posted to schuylkill on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 06:48 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Loving Lois (4.00)
    I'm donating $100.01 to her campaign tonight and volunteering, as well.

    "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." — Thomas Jefferson

    by schuylkill on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 01:46:51 PM PDT

  •  Unless . . . (none)
    They figure that Gerlach is too closely tied to DeLay anyway, so how much more upset can anyone get if he's seen as completely beholden to Karl Rove as well?  At this stage, perhaps they feel like they might as well try to shoot the moon.

    Any word on whether any media coverage of the event will be permitted?  It would be awfully interesting to know what Rove says that evening, or if he pretends as if nothing out of the ordinary was taking place.

    I backed Murphy in 2004, and I'm backing her again for 2006.  Even without Rove or DeLay, it would still be a worthwhile cause.

    •  Haven't heard (none)
      I haven't heard anything about who from the media will be let in. I would guess it would only be those from the noise machine...

      You may be right about your first point. They may figure they have nothing to lose. And they just might be wrong, what with Bush's poll figures plummeting. If Rove does get indicted or fired, Gerlach may regret doing this, even if it does pimp money into his campaign.

      "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." — Thomas Jefferson

      by schuylkill on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 02:19:17 PM PDT

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  •  Coattails (none)
    With Rendell and Casey crushing their opponents (knock on wood), I predict we will have some coattails in PA.
  •  I hope that......... (none)
    someone is organizing a protest outside the place where this fundraiser will be.  I'll pass this item along to my frineds here in Central PA.

    We'll give Lois our support!

    •  Location (none)
      The Roll Call article says the fundraiser will take place "on the rooftop at Valis Associates on Pennsylvania Ave." That's the Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington (not the one in Philadelphia). I wish the fundraiser were here so we could make some noise of our own...

      "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." — Thomas Jefferson

      by schuylkill on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 02:56:42 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the location........ (none)
        update.  What a bummer.  How about a protest outside his district office?

        In the meantime, Lois has my support.....I'll donate to the cause.  I belong to some groups here in Central PA, we'll contact her and see if she needs some foot soldiers to come in and help between now and election day.  Let's defeat Jim Gerlach!

  •  I donated to Lois' cause last year, and (none)
    this convinces me that I must do so again.  Go Lois!

    TVL-WCO&STS: Meeting your conspiracy and adhesive needs with Jack and a Beck's back

    by blogpotato on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 02:53:12 PM PDT

  •  Please describe Gerlach's district (none)
    My memory is fuzzy but I did follow this race at the time (Lois was a Dean Dozen).  I think I recall that Gerlach wasn't the archest of conservatives, might have been a little softer than some, and that the district isn't totally Republican.  Please tell us what it's like there and what the reaction might be locally.  How about lots of letters to the local papers to generate some outrage?  This may be a good chance to turn some moderate Republicans....Is Lois running in 2006?
    •  The District (none)
      The district is just outside Philadelphia, but was gerrymandered a bit by the Republicans after the last census. Lois almost beat Gerlach last year and she declared early this cycle, so most think she has a very good shot this time around.

      "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." — Thomas Jefferson

      by schuylkill on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 03:04:52 PM PDT

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  •  Pictures (none)
    Take and/or get pictures, preferably with Rove next to Gerlach and then blow them up on billboards with "Who has your representative been with lately?."  Clue, you want Rove to show up.    
  •  Can someone get good footage? (none)
    Is there a vantage point from which one could get good footage of this event?  It could be very useful to Lois in campaign commercials later...

    "We can win elections only by standing up for what we believe." --Howard Dean

    by Jim in Chicago on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 04:04:10 PM PDT

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