Volume 73, Number 43 | February 25 - March 2, 2004

Rove at Flatiron fundraiser met by activists, and actors

Villager photos by Lincoln Anderson

A Karl Rove look-alike drew a crowd on 24th St. last week.

A Karl Rove look-alike mingled among a group of admirers calling themselves Billionaires for Bush on W. 24th St. last Wednesday evening, where the real Rove was attending a Bush fundraiser inside Eugene nightclub.

Seven hundred people paid $250 each to attend the event, at which Rove, the president’s chief political advisor, was the main speaker.

Chanting “Reelect Rove!” the Billionaires for Bush — actually a politcal street theater group —acted a bit miffed at being put in the same protest pen with another group, 9/11 Environmental Action and the Sierra Club, which are working together to call attention to what they call the Bush administration’s cover-up of health hazards in New York City after 9/11.

“Karl Rove, he’s been amazing for us,” said one of the “billionaires,” wearing a top hat and tux. According to Pam Perd, 30, their public relations director, the group meets at a Nolita loft.

“Why did they tell us it was safe?” and “Clean up the 9/11 dust” read signs held by members of 9/11 Environmental Action and the Sierra Club.

Jo Polett, 52, a Duane St. resident, charged that the government didn’t test or clean affected apartments soon enough after the World Trade Center’s destruction and put out the message prematurely that Downtown was safe.

“It was the Bush administration that sacrificed the health of the public to get Wall St. up and running and satisfy the real estate industry,” she said. “They had the test results and didn’t let anyone know.”


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