Attorney General to Introduce Rove at Høstfest
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he plans to introduce former White House political adviser Karl Rove when Rove is inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot on Sept. 30, reports KFYR-TV
Norsk Høstfest heritage festival officials initially asked Gov. John Hoeven to do the introduction, but Hoeven is instead attending a departure ceremony for Army National Guard soldiers who are going to Iraq.
North Dakota Democratic Party Director Joe Aronson earlier criticized Hoeven about the induction, saying Rove was a “political attack dog.” Hoeven’s office said inducting Rove was the Høstfest’s decision.
Stenehjem says such criticism could have been directed at previous Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame inductees who were sitting politicians at the time of their induction – like Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy this year.
Stenehjem says it’s appropriate that the Høstfest makes its decisions on hall inductees independently.