It remains unclear whether Karl Rove will pursue a music career based on his alter ego, M.C. Rove, once his resignation takes effect.
Karl Rove has announced his intention to resign at the end of August, saying simply, “I just think it’s time.” The man who came to be known as “Bush’s brain” has been widely held responsible for both the president’s electoral successes and the nation’s deep divisions.
“I just think it’s time,” Mr Rove said in an interview for the Wall Street Journal, adding that he was quitting for the sake of his family.
Mr Rove is a senior political adviser to President George W Bush and has worked with him for more than a decade.
As Mr Bush’s chief strategist, he is seen as instrumental in delivering two presidential and several congressional election victories for the Republicans.