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Published September 03, 2009, 01:52 PM

Rove Hall induction subject of dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota Democratic spokesman says Gov. John Hoeven should be "ashamed and embarrassed" about the induction of former White House political adviser Karl Rove into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota Democratic spokesman says Gov. John Hoeven should be "ashamed and embarrassed" about the induction of former White House political adviser Karl Rove into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot. Hoeven's spokesman says the governor isn't even going to the event.

In a statement, party director Joe Aronson labeled Rove a "political attack dog" and said Hoeven should be held accountable for "rewarding" Rove. Democrats in Congress have been investigating Rove's role in the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.

Hoeven spokesman Don Canton says it was the decision of the Norsk Hostfest, the annual Minot Scandinavian festival, to honor Rove on Sept. 30. He said it is a shame Aronson is targeting Hoeven.

Canton says the Hostfest asked Hoeven to introduce Rove and the governor said he would if his schedule allowed. Canton says Hoeven is instead attending a departure ceremony for Army National Guard soldiers who are going to Iraq.

Hoeven is considering whether to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan when Dorgan seeks his fourth Senate term next year.

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