Did Karl Rove Leave His Wife For Jeff Gannon?

Happy Couple? Rove and Gannon
Happy Couple? Rove and Gannon
Only a controversial figure who also happens to be a master media manipulator would have the savvy to bury news coverage of his divorce by scheduling it to coincide with the Christmas week news brownout.

Last week Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s former brain, did just that. He got divorced practically in secret:

No one reported on the divorce until it had already been granted, which indicates the court file must have been sealed for some reason. I’ve seen no indication that anyone in the press has even seen the divorce complaint. It isn’t even clear who filed for divorce — Rove or his wife, Darby?

But why would Rove be so desperate to deflect coverage of his divorce?

Gawker suggests that with Darby out of the way, Rove “can finally gay marry Jeff Gannon, in Argentina.”

Gannon was the fake reporter who was mysteriously given a pass to sit in on White House press briefings and ask right-wing softball questions for two years. He was eventually unmasked as a Republican plant — which would have been filed away as business as usual for the Bushies, except that this plant had a second career as a male prostitute whose nom de ho was Bulldog.

Folks in the know point to this bit of history from 2005:

[When] Jeff Gannon, White House “reporter” for Talon “News,” was unmasked last week, the leap to a possible Rove connection was unavoidable. Gannon says that he met Rove only once, at a White House Christmas party, and Gannon is kind of small potatoes for Rove at this point in his career.

But Rove’s dominance of White House and Republican politics, Gannon’s aggressively partisan work and the ease with which he got day passes for the White House press room the past two years make it hard to believe that he wasn’t at least implicitly sanctioned by the “boy genius.” Rove, who rarely gave on-the-record interviews to the MSM (mainstream media), had time to talk to GOPUSA, which owns Talon.

It happens that this is Rove’s second divorce. Plus, Rove’s father was gay. And the timing is interesting. Washington, D.C., has legalized gay marriage, pending approval of the Democrats in Congress.

In right-wing circles, where rumors harden into facts at their first exposure to air — where, to cite just one example, Pres. Obama is a socialist-fascist Muslim who was born in Kenya and/or Indonesia — there is enough here to qualify as a “solid rumor” that Rove is secretly gay and has left his wife for a famous erstwhile male escort.

It is also apt that Rove specialized in creating whispering campaigns, the most famous being the rumor that spread like wildfire among racist Republicans (redundant, sorry) in South Carolina just before the 2000 primary vote that John McCain, George Bush’s Republican opponent, was the father of a black child.

Where there is smoke there is fire, or so they say, and with all these stories floating around, Rove needs to step up and come clean about his relationship with this former prostitute. He should avoid the mistake of letting the story fester on the Internet as Glenn Beck has done by refusing to discuss his role in the rape and murder of a young girl in 1990.

Update March 1, 2010 The original site presenting the iron-clad rumor that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990 is gone. Try this one instead.


  • Nikolai
    December 31, 2009 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    At first I thought this article was serious, then I read,

    “In right-wing circles, where rumors harden into facts at their first exposure to air — where Pres. Obama is a socialist, fascist Muslim who was born in Kenya and/or Indonesia, to cite just one example — there is more than enough here to confirm that Karl Rove did leave his wife Darby for Jeff.”

    Still, at least in this case, republican rumor hardening into fact is good enough for me.

    P.S. It HAD to be Darby initiating the divorce… How could ANYONE stand that putrid bag of pus?

  • John Stracke
    December 31, 2009 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    “born in Kenya and/or Indonesia,” — That’s one hell of a long labor!

  • December 31, 2009 - 11:49 pm | Permalink

    This does make sense. Karl Rove is a classic closeted “conservative.”

  • January 1, 2010 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    You know, I forgot all about “Jeff Gannon.” A couple that is known to several of the party-goers enters a White House party and the news cycle lasts a month, but this sleezer attends press conferences for two years and no one bats an eye.

  • January 3, 2010 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Karl batted his eyes

  • Robin
    January 5, 2010 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

    And, no doubt, the “receiver” to the “Bullgog” Gannon’s “pitch”, if you catch my drift. I always thought that Rove was a closeted homosexual. I sincerely hope that this becomes a much larger and highly publicized story.
    Rove , the hypocrite, did SO MUCH DAMAGE to others by using his position to poison their lives and careers. Payback’s a B*tch, and so is Rove. Now we know why he has always been so secretive. Of course Darby filed for the divorce…heck, she probably caught them in “the act”.

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  • Judy
    January 5, 2010 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Guess that contact for Jeff in the White House so he could be part of the press was Carl Rove. Male prostitutes also went there yet FBI didn’t know?

    The government is full of gays but not law abiding ones. Where is that open and ethical democracy Obama promised us? Just like the open and ethical democracy of the Bush administration.

  • Robert the Cynic
    January 5, 2010 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

    A pending/ongoing liaison with Gannon was the first thing that came to mind when I first read of Rove’s divorce.

  • unionave
    January 5, 2010 - 6:06 pm | Permalink

    A question came up five or six years ago about the cabal and their marrages . Condi and Rove were the most talked about in this area .

  • January 5, 2010 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    The Crawford Caligula is more likely the Gannon customer since Bush showed an odd fetish for touching and kissing bald heads (like Gannon’s) and he called Gannon by the same nickname, “Bulldog” he used for his gay college roommate Victor Ashe.

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  • KevKev
    January 17, 2010 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    I’ve been watching the NFL playoffs on Fox over the weekend.

    If you watch behind the studio announcers (Howie, Jimmy, Terry, et. al) they have television personnel walking around, talking on the phone, sitting by computers, etc.

    I think one of television personnel walking around is Jeff Gannon!


  • Maroon American
    January 26, 2010 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    I always figured that Gannon sexed up both doughboy Karl and Cumguzzling Dumbya himself on a regular basis. Maybe Karl turned Dumbya on to his favorite boy toy? Both are known to be closeted homosexuals. Seems “closeted homosexual” or some other bizarre sexual hang-up like wearing crappy diapers, meeting strange black men in a public men’s room at the airport, or flying off to the dominican republic with a bottle of “blue pills” so you can have sex with underage boys is a requirement to even call yourself “republican” for quite a few years now. Creepy, isn’t it?

  • kayinboytown
    January 26, 2010 - 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Why are you all so fussy? I thought you believed in gay rights. Who gives a royal F?

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  • Masi
    February 15, 2010 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    “Why are you all so fussy? I thought you believed in gay rights. Who gives a royal F?”

    Nobody cares if he is gay. It’s all the gay bashing he does that is the concern. Hypocrisy is a GOP requirement, so it seems. That’s why you all are so disingenuous.

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  • Buck Jackson
    March 1, 2011 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    I tried to go to the link on Glenn Beck, but it’s dead. Any suggestions?

  • March 1, 2011 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Buck – I posted a new link. See the “update” above.

  • July 21, 2012 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    It had to be Rove filing for the divorce. Darby is, IIRC, not personally wealthy and is a cancer patient. The tremendous stress of battling cancer is bad enough without having to deal with a divorce at the same time.

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  • tpartynitwit
    June 1, 2013 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    The Rove-Gannon greased fist-fest has been common knowledge for some time,as has Beck’s uncanny ability to avoid prosecution for the rape and murder of a black girl in CT in 1990. I’d like to see a systematic takedown of Rush Limbaugh for his employment of boy prostitutes in the D.R.

  • gjt
    January 6, 2014 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    good to hear you come clean on ob being a muslim socialist born out side this country


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