JUNE 27, 2012 1:53PM

Karl Rove's Bisexual Affair Might Have Sparked Fox News Rant

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Greta Van Susteren and Karl Rove


Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer


Karl Rove is having a bisexual affair with the president of a conservative bloggers' group, and concern about being outed sparked Rove's falsehood-filled diatribe last week on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News program.


Rove's lover is Ali Akbar, president of the National Bloggers Club, an umbrella group that grew from the activism of the late right-wing publisher and pundit Andrew Breitbart. A left-leaning Web site called Breitbart Unmasked recently disclosed that Akbar has a criminal record that includes convictions for credit-card fraud, theft, and burglary.


The stunning allegations about Rove and Akbar are included in a letter sent yesterday from Alabama attorney Dana Jill Simpson to Robert Bauer, counsel for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. The letter also includes an appeal for a presidential pardon on behalf of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.


Rove, appearing with Van Susteren on the June 20 edition of On the Record, took a question about the tax-exempt status of certain PACs and turned it into an attack on Simpson, Bauer, and Siegelman--who was the target of perhaps the most notorious political prosecution in U.S. history.


Simpson, a former GOP operative, is best known as a whistleblower in the Siegelman case. She has stated under oath and testified before Congress that she participated in a telephone conference call with prominent Alabama Republicans who discussed plans to bring bogus criminal charges against Siegelman, apparently with Rove's approval.


Rove told Van Susteren that Bauer represented Simpson in her 2007 testimony before Congress and that Simpson did not testify under oath. It's a matter of public record that Simpson made sworn statements about the Siegelman prosecution on multiple occasions. And Simpson included in her letter to Bauer yesterday an affidavit stating that he has never represented her, and the two have never met. (See the affidavit and letter at the end of this post.) Bauer has sent a letter to Rove demanding a retraction, according to a report in Huffington Post.


Ali Akbar


Why would Rove become so wildly disengaged from the truth, on a national television program where he was asked a question that had nothing to do with Jill Simpson? The Alabama lawyer says in her letter to Bauer that Rove became unhinged because he knew she had damaging information about his personal life--and it soon might become public knowledge.


At the heart of Rove's discomfort is his relationship with Ali Akbar. And how did that come to light? Simpson spells it out in her letter to Bauer:


About a week and a half ago, I was contacted by a political operative on the left who gave me a copy of Ali Akbar's advertisement on an adult website. This advertisement suggested that the National Bloggers Club President, Mr. Akbar, was looking for bisexual sex with men who were Republican, political, and loved to discuss politics and philosophy and just wanted to hang out and chill with them.


Simpson has an e-mail list on which she periodically shares inside information on politics and international affairs. The Akbar ad became a subject for discussion on the list. Andrew Kreig, of the D.C.-based Justice-Integrity Project, briefly referenced the Akbar angle in a major piece about Rove's statements on the Van Susteren show. Kreig did not mention Akbar by name, but he did write the following:


In a similar vein, Rove critics active in the blogosphere have been claiming over the past week that one of Rove's colleagues is an ex-con who might be outed soon in a sex scandal. This is part of the ongoing back-and-forth war of nerves that political activists wage continually against one another, with lawsuits and claims of outrage by each side. Among the latter are GOP members of Congress seeking Justice Department prosecutions of liberal opponents. 

In this context, it made sense for Rove to deflect attacks by claiming to Fox listeners that he has been cleared from any suspicions by previous investigations and that critics are partisans allied unfairly against him.


In her letter to Bauer, Simpson says she took the Akbar ad and used it to unearth information about his ties to powerful Republicans. One of those, the letter suggests, is Rove:


I took [the information] back to my blogging group and showed them that Karl had gotten himself a new friend from the information and evidence I had received and that this guy was alleged to be the possible new boy wonder and lover of Karl Rove.


Simpson tells Bauer that she has no concerns about Rove's sexual preferences, but she is alarmed about his multiple false statements on Fox News:


It is believed by many of us that Karl thought we were going to use this for the benefit of President Obama, which was never the case. We do not care if [Rove] is bisexual or not and have many times ignored information that was given to us that suggested that he is. In fact, we find nothing wrong with being bisexual, as it means people just love both sexes at the same time. All of us are LBGTQ supporters, so we elected to not out this information on him. However, I think this is why he went berserk on national TV on Fox Network and said that I am a liar and have disappeared. He also lied when he said I had never testified under oath, as I have. It is Mr. Rove who insisted on executive privilege so as to not have to testify under oath about the Siegelman case.


Simpson states that something positive could come from Rove's appearance on the Van Susteren program:


With all that said, I am very grateful that Mr. Rove was hung up about having his alleged bisexuality possibly released that he pointed out on National TV, not once but twice, that you are a man who can possibly get things done in the Obama Administration. For that reason I am asking you to please consider joining us . . . [in] asking President Obama to pardon Don Siegelman. As you may recall, I was the individual that Karl Rove asked to follow Don Siegelman to a party in Alabama to try to catch him cheating with a gay man in his administration named Nick Bailey.


Does all of this have national implications? Simpson says the answer is yes, and she urges Bauer to take action:


In closing, I just want to say that I am sad you got dragged into this, but I am happy that you now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Karl Rove lied on you, me, and Mr. Siegelman. It is time that someone in the Obama Administration stopped this monster maniac from hurting innocent people--and I hope that man is you.

Simpson Bauer Letter 

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Oh come on. Karl Rove isn't gay. This is a joke right?
Better watch it! Someone is going to come flouncing in here momentarily and call you a "homophobe".
News you can't get anywhere else. r
There have always been a lot of gay rumors around Rove. Remember Gannon Gate? Still, I have never seen anything substantiated about any of it. I loath Rove, but I don't think rumors should be reported as facts.
onisland, are you saying that being gay would reflect badly on Rove? Interesting to see how people look at this when the gay person isn't a political liberal.
Arthur, since Rove is not "out", and has lived as a hetero, with two failed marriages behind him, it is not in good form to report gay or bi rumors as fact, whether you are writing about a liberal or a conservative. I could care less if he's gay or bi-sexual. If the facts are there to back this up it is a legitimate story and he would get a lot of heat for hypocrisy considering his position on gay rights.
OK, how's this. I had an item created for sale on Zazzle. It was a picture of Ali wearing an Obama mask, waving fistfuls of $20 bills. Zazzle published the product. A day later, I was informed the product was being removed because it "infringed on someone's intellectual property rights." I said, OK, whose intellectual property? Zazzle wrote back and said KARL ROVE demanded the items be removed. ROVE was not IN the picture. His full name was not mentioned and unless he has copyrighted the word ROVE, he has no claim -- unless he took the picture.


Now, either we are going to fight this hypocrisy, or we are going to roll over and lose. Which one do you choose?

I've already chosen.
Thanks for the image.
Sorry, if someone is gay, let them out themselves. Right to privacy anyone? I'm with Arthur on this one. And for those of you who live in a bubble, not all gays have the same political opinions on, sit down, "gay issues".
Very interesting. I wrote and subsequently buried a well-sourced story about a conservative media figure who is bi-sexual. I never posted it because a) the person is not a gay-basher and b) I didn't want to "out" his lover, who is not a public figure. But Rove is fair game in my opinion.
So, Barbara... say a prominent Black Conservative is lobbying real, real hard for a return to slavery. Any problem with that? Never mind Slavery. Calling for a return to Jim Crow laws. Or segregation. No problem? Leave 'im alone? Don't call him out for his blatant hypocrisy? Hogwash. Rove won re-election for Bush in '04 by making the election about "fellers kissin' other fellers." If he is "kissin' other fellers" he NEEDS to be called on it, and he needs to take his share of the blame for the near destruction of our economy his self-loathing led to.
Nah. sorry, dude...

Find something else to slam his ass with. You are WAY the hell out of line trying to use a person's sexuality or orientation as a "weapon" against them. That is smarmy, low and, as the asshat Artie Louis said (and he knows becuase he's sure one himself) homophobic.
Liberal Grouch - yep I have a problem with anyone - "black" or "white" advocating a return to slavery or Jim Crow. I don't have a problem with someone being in the closet OR OUT and failing to support some things that some gays support. I admit I do have a problem with calling people "gay" because we hate them (sort of like a non-racist calling someone a racial epithet because they hate them) and I admit I do have a problem with invading other people's private space because we don't like their politics.
And Amy's right - it is insensitive and intolerant of gays to use someone's sexuality against them because you don't like their politics.

There Amy, have a nice day.
Sorry, if someone is gay, let them out themselves. Right to privacy anyone? I'm with Arthur on this one. And for those of you who live in a bubble, not all gays have the same political opinions on, sit down, "gay issues".

Barbara Joanne
JULY 05, 2012 09:06 AM

well, I would have agreed with you, except in the case of Karl Rove. My direct answer to that would be: if someone is a CIA operative let them out themselves ...rings a bell. And truthfully I don't give a damn whether Rove is gay or not, but he is fair game for everything
Liberalornot, You are being honest. The people to be "outed" are those that we oppose politically. Isn't that using people's sexuality as a form of attack? In that way one is being anti-gay. Attack the man's ideas, not his sexual orientation. And, by the way, all of this is based on mere speculation and the speculation, I'd submit, is only being "speculated" because it is about Rove. If the right did this, y'all'd be up in arms and, by the way, I'd share your outrage.
My gaydar has told me for decades that Rove is closeted and that may account in some degree for his general anger and his control issues. Many of my friends have also assumed that he was gay, so it if this is true it would't be shocking to us.
Wow - really? This is atomic! And one reason is because Rove is an individual who has based his entire political career on far right wing, fundamentalist Christian opinions with a deep hatred for liberal or other views contrary to his own. So, he belongs to the club that hates everyone different from themselves, and once bleach has been added to the wash, turns out, they are all hypocrites. If this is true and Rove is bisexual, it is a big deal due to his past hateful comments.
Is Rove Mahu>? Well of course he is, come on now!

So, he should be shown as a fraud yet again with another piece of hate propaganda or revisionist consensus herstory horse-pucky, which this time bares the taint (apologies) of a bitter marriage between absolute profiteering and wicked self-loathing brainwashing.

That said, the whole things a joke, homesexuality is a huge part of nature and evolution, and in our case natural selection back in the age of large predators ... who will be most likely to survive? Who got yo' back??? bwahahahahaha ... come on people wake up.