Mississippi U.S. Senator Roger Wicker held a private fundraising dinner in Jackson last weekend with Karl Rove – the Republican political operative known as “the architect” of George W. Bush’s re-election campaign who resigned amid fallout over the Iraq War and the investigation into the outing of undercover CIA Operative Valerie Plame.
The high-priced fundraiser was not public advertised; presumably, only those with invites were supposed to know about it. The event only became public after the campaign of David Baria – the Democrat who is challenging Wicker for his Senate seat – got ahold of a copy of the invitation from a disgruntled former supporter of Wicker.
Neither Wicker’s office, his campaign, or the Wicker Majority Fund would confirm the fundraiser.
Wicker Majority Fund Finance Director Lindsey Seitchik would not confirm or deny the Rove-Wicker fundraiser and directed the Jackson Free Press to contact the Wicker campaign. At press time, neither Wicker’s campaign nor his Washington office had responded to requests for comment.
However, a photo tweeted out on the day of the fundraiser – Saturday, August 18 – by longtime political donor Richard Simon aligns with the date on the invitation:
Great time supporting Senator Wicker and talking with Karl Rove. pic.twitter.com/S0CYEpDfmF
— Ricky Simon (@rmsimon) August 19, 2018
After the Jackson Free Press report was published, Baria said Wicker would “rather spend his time rubbing elbows with wealthy donors and courting corporate PAC money than addressing the concerns of his constituents.”
.@SenatorWicker would rather spend his time rubbing elbows with wealthy donors and courting corporate PAC money than addressing the concerns of his constituents. It’s time to elect a Senator who will put people over politics. #BariaForMississippi #mssen https://t.co/aOV6PQ1R63
— David Baria (@dbaria) August 23, 2018