Mehlman Sets Record Straight on Rove

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com August 26 2010 1:00 PM ET

Ken Mehlman, the former campaign manager to George W. Bush who came out in an interview with The Atlantic Wednesday, says Karl Rove’s claims he didn’t help engineer anti–gay marriage amendments in states to help Bush win reelection in 2004 are false.

Mehlman tells The Atlantic he knew Rove "had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans."

For years, Rove has denied any involvement, saying the marriage amendments arose organically within 11 states, including the politically crucial Ohio, and the Bush campaign wasn't involved in any way.

Read the full interview here.