Karl Rove’s Gay Stepfather Revealed in New Book

The Raw Story reports that the authors of The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power, a new book on the Deputy Chief of Staff, reveal that Rove’s stepfather Louis masqueraded for years as a blood relative to his stepson, then divorced his mother and lived the rest of his life as an openly gay man in Southern California. At that time he began carousing with longtime friend Joseph Koons, who had been openly gay for years:


“In the book, Koons recounts how he and the elder Rove began to cruise the scene in Palm Springs, looking to make friends with older gay men, eventually forming a social club they dubbed the ‘Old Farts Club.’

‘The men met every Friday, usually at the Rainbow Cactus Restaurant or the Martinie Burger, to eat, drink, and socialize,’ the book says.

Moore and Slater raise speculation as to whether the suicide of Rove’s mother, Reba, may have been aggravated by shame she felt over Louis’ homosexuality.

A man of almost startling intelligence, Rove is not likely to have ignored the possibility that his father’s homosexuality might have figured in his mother choice to end her own life,’ the authors write.”

Authors Moore and Slater say that Louis Rove remained close to his stepson throughout his life, though Rove has kept quiet about both the divorce and his mother’s suicide. It’s certainly an interesting footnote to an administration that based much of its re-election strategy on the divisive topic of gay marriage.

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  1. Cory says

    Is Karl Rove demonstrating his dick size or how much respect the President has for the constitution and the American people???

  2. Brian says

    Are we supposed to feel for Karl on this one, given that the suicide of a parent is a devastating thing for anyone to go through, or are we supposed to blame the gay guy for the whole situation? I kinda felt sorry for him until I read the story again… seems an awful lot of attention was paid to the elder Rove’s social life. It’s so shocking… weekly socializing at a restaurant? Perhaps even a beer and a burger? A cutesy name for a group of older gay men in Palm Springs? The shocking hedonism of it all.

    That said, I think it’s important to note that Rove and his stepson remained close, even after the divorce. Too bad the right wing can’t recall examples of common decency like that when they go around chattering about how horribly irresponsible it would be to let gay men be parents.

  3. jfbiii says

    What’s really striking is that, if Rove did harbor some resentment against his step-father for his mother’s suicide (valid or not), then instead of doing something to ease societal pressures on gay men to be straight so that they don’t mess other people up by engaging in straight fauxmances, instead this dick decides to perpetuate the problem.