The Bush Administration wants to distract thinking people from addressing the situation surrounding White House puppetmaster and suspected leaker Karl Rove — but activists are not taking the bait. MoveOn has news of a last-minute protest in Washington, DC, that could use your presence. The details come straight from the organization’s Tom Matzzie:
There he goes again. Despite mounting evidence confirming that Karl Rove leaked the identity of an undercover CIA agent, Rove is out on the money trail tonight —- this time for Maryland Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele at a lobbyist-packed Washington fundraiser. Steele is thinking about running for Senate in Maryland. [Ed. note: And he’s ballsy enough to put the tarnished Rove out front in order to raise the big bucks.]
We need to send a message to Steele and let the people of Maryland know what one of their politicians is up to.
So, here is the plan. Members of a group from Maryland called Progressive Maryland are driving down to Washington today to organize a protest outside Steele’s fundraiser. We just heard about it this morning and think that MoveOn members could add a lot to the protest and picket. The press will be there. We need a good turnout. So, you’re invited. Sorry about the last-minute notice. We heard about this just in the last couple of hours.
What: Peaceful protest and picket outside Karl Rove Fundraiser for Michael Steele
When: Today, Tuesday, July 26, at 5:30 PM
Where: National Republican Senatorial Committee
Ronald Reagan Republican Center
425 Second Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Two minute walk east from Union Station Metro station (Red Line). There is plenty of parking at the Union Station garage. Signs will be provided.
We’ve heard that a lot of Maryland TV reporters and newspapers plan to cover the fundraiser and protest. That makes it even more important that we have a good turnout. MoveOn members in the Washington area have made a big difference helping to get the word out about the Karl Rove scandal -— twice in the last month hundreds of people showed up to send a message that George Bush needs to keep his word and fire Karl Rove. As a result, the media widely reported that people wanted the president to “Fire Karl Rove.” There was footage on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and photos in USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press carried a story and photos to hundreds of other towns across America. MoveOn members made a big difference. That is why we need you tonight.
Maryland is home to a lot of government employees who work defending national security. Karl Rove put those people in danger when he leaked the identity of an undercover CIA agent. What Rove did was wrong -— something people in Maryland understand. Join them and speak out.
If you can take part, I urge you to do so. Karl Rove needs to be called out, and Michael Steele (no prize himself) needs to be warned about the company he keeps. (If you’re in Baltimore and plan to go, let us know via e-mail.) And if you’re a Marylander, consider joining Progressive Maryland; it is an impressive organization that does a lot of good within the state. It’s time to step up for the progressive team — and for a better, fairer new day.