Niagara Gazette

Opinion

September 22, 2012

GLYNN: Rove makes side trip to Lewiston Heights

Niagara Gazette — Karl Rove, one of former President George W. Bush's top advisors, took time before a speaking engagement in Buffalo this past week, to attend a fundraiser at a Lewiston Heights residence.

Rove addressed some 500 persons at the Montante Cultural Center on the Canisius College campus Monday night when he predicted, among other things, that GOP candidate Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in a close election this year.

Prior to that talk at Canisius, Rove told reporters that President Obama had railroaded the economic stimulus bill (crafted by Democrats) through the legislative channels with virtually no input from the Republicans.

Earlier in the day, Rove's itinerary included a sidetrip for a luncheon hosted by Jeffrey and Jerome Williams at 551 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston.

The invitation (in case you didn't get one) promised "lunch, cocktails, cigars and candid conversation" with Rove for $1,000 per person or $1,250 per couple. It wasn't immediately clear who would benefit from the proceeds.

Rowe, as you know, is often described as "The Architect," the deputy chief of staff and senior advisor in the Bush administration. Today, Rove also is a Fox News contributor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

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REUNION IN NEVADA: What happens in Las Vegas doesn't always stay in that resort. In fact, the word has already spread to the Cataract City about an outing there next month that has nothing to do with gambling.

It's the annual "Niagara Falls Picnic" which has been coordinated for years by John Amendola, whose family operated a Pine Avenue printing business for decades.

Obviously, ex-Niagara area residents who have moved to Las Vegas comprise the majority of those at the picnic. Still a number of current residents here have attended over the years, especially when they find reasonable air fares.

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