Karl Rove set to speak at College Republicans’ statewide convention

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This Saturday Karl Rove will be speaking at the Alaska College Republicans State Convention held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

Rove, a well-know Republican advocate and campaign coordinator, will cost $35,000 dollars to bring up to Anchorage, including his speaking fee and travel expenses.

UAA’s chapter of College Republicans, however, did not fundraise or seek contributions to fund Rove’s costs. Instead, they will rely solely on ticket sales. Tickets will range from $400 dollars to $90 dollars, the highest including dinner and a meet-and-greet with Rove, and the lowest being a general admission to the listen to the speakers.

“We probably won’t make profit. We’ll pry break even,” said Ryan McKee, President of the UAA College Republicans.

Rove will not be in Anchorage long. He is coming up solely for the convention and will fly in that morning and leave the next day.

A previous Chairman of the College Republicans back in 1973, Rove has had a long and well-marked career in politics that he can trace back to his days in the College Republicans chapter at University of Utah. It was this career and subsequent credentials that appealed to the members of UAA’s CR to ask him to speak.

“Karl Rove has been pretty much the architect behind a lot of campaigns and since we are going into the 2012 elections we wanted to hear from someone who was a big part in getting the last president elected,” McKee explained.

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McKee is referring to Rove’s role as chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s elections in 2000 and 2004. Rove also served as the former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President Bush.

Despite the high costs of tickets, McKee and the other College Republicans have seen a large number of tickets already bought for the convention.

“Ohh yeah. Oh yeah! All of our costs are being covered by presale tickets,” McKee chuckled.

In addition to preparing for their convention at the end of the month, the College Republicans at UAA are also on the hunt to increase their membership. Approaching their third of existence at UAA, McKee indicated they were finally at the point where they could focus on recruitment.

“We have definitely been taking the time to regroup and get some of our numbers up.” College Republicans is a national youth political organization aimed at supporting Republican candidates for office.

Rove is also the author of “Courage and Consequence,” a New York Times Bestseller in 2010 about his career in politics. He is currently a Fox News Contributor, a Wall Street Journal Columnist, and tours the country making speeches at colleges, trade associations, and other organizations upon request.

Also speaking at the convention will be Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, and the National Chairman of College Republicans, Alex Schriver.