Phillip Stutts
Thank you Karl Rove
White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian | August 13, 2007 |

November 2004.

President George W. Bush had just won a second term as president.

In fact, the race was decided by the state of Ohio. The margin of victory was razor thin, too. If 60,000 votes had flipped in the other direction, Democratic candidate, John Kerry, would have won the presidency.

I saw this first-hand having served as the national get-out-the-vote director for the GOP/Bush’s reelection.

Election night was exhilarating, but I was exhausted and deep down, I knew I was about to start a new chapter in my life.

It was also the end of a three-year political campaign run (helping run a U.S. Senate race and a governor’s race as well) where I had 21 days off–total.

It was a time of uncertainty and vulnerability. And that’s when one of those small, life-changing moments hit me.

And it came from Karl Rove–affectionately nick-named “The Architect” by President Bush, for his work engineering his two presidential victories.

In the election business, he’s on the Mount Rushmore of political consultants. Not just of my generation–of all time.

And Rove did this one simple act that changed my life, helped me be a better person and frankly, made me millions

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