Karl Rove to speak at York manufacturing gala

David Weissman

The man deemed "The Architect" of George W. Bush's re-election campaign by the former president himself will be making a trip to Penn State York's Pullo Center in 2016.

Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush.

Karl Rove, former chief of staff and senior adviser to Bush, will serve as the keynote speaker at The Manufacturers' Association's 110th annual gala on April 20, according to an association press release.

Rove will be the latest prominent Republican leader to serve as keynote speaker of the event, with past speakers including current presidential candidates Ben Carson and Jeb Bush, as well as former candidates Newt Gingrich and Steve Forbes. Last year, Penn State football coach James Franklin gave the address.

Tom Palisin, executive director of the association's south-central Pennsylvania branch, said his organization is very excited to have Rove come to York, and they've tried to bring him in a few times before.

"Given the 2016 (presidential) election and (Rove's) past, he seemed like the right pick," Palisin said. "We reached out to his people, and he was familiar with the area and seemed interested."

Rove is currently a regular political commentator on FOX News and has written several books, including, most recently The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. His speech in York, which Palisin said would last about an hour with time for questions afterwards, will precede Pennsylvania's April 26 primary election.

Palisin said Rove wouldn't necessarily be speaking on manufacturing but would help shed light on the impact of political discourse on industry.

The gala is expected to bring together approximately 1,000 community and business leaders from the region, according to the release. Tickets will be available to the public for about $100, which will include dinner, according to Palisin.

Final details for the event will be announced on the association's website at mascpa.org.

Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.