Karl Rove Visits Missoula to Advise Local GOP Leaders

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Former White House political strategist Karl Rove was in Missoula on Wednesday for a fundraiser and to advise local GOP leaders on how to regain political control of the state, party officials said.

The event was closed to the public, and media representatives were not allowed to attend.

Will Deschamps, chairman of the Missoula County Republican Central Committee, said Rove met with a small group of Republicans before he spoke about his days in the White House. Rove also emphasized the importance of upcoming national and local races, Deschamps said.

Erik Iverson, chairman of the state Republican Party, said local party officials invited Rove to engage Montana Republicans in a “substantive political discussion.”

The fundraiser at the DoubleTree Hotel attracted about two dozen protesters.