When political strategist Karl Rove speaks, a lot of people listen. Some heckle and a few throw things.
So when island Realtors Karen Derr and Alice Melott heard the former adviser to President George W. Bush would be the featured speaker at the Texas Realtors Association’s convention in September, they were appalled, they say.
“What kind of message are we sending to the public we seek to serve by our very invitation to such an infamous politico?” Melott said in a letter to association leaders.
Melott, a Keller Williams agent, Derr and other area Realtors have launched an e-mail campaign to persuade the association’s leaders to strike Rove from the speaker lineup at the convention, which is set for San Antonio and is expected to draw about 2,000 members.
Derr, of Karen Derr and Associates Realty, which has an island office, said she fears Rove’s detractors would disrupt a convention that’s supposed to be about selling property, market conditions and legislative issues affecting the industry.
The association of which she is a former board member is nonpartisan, she said.
“Our main goal is to promote property sales in Texas; we don’t need that kind of atmosphere at the meeting,” Derr said.
But association leaders say they have no intention of uninviting Rove, the brains behind Bush’s political campaigns who wielded much power in the White House before stepping down in August.
The Texas Association of Realtors’ convention is scheduled for Sept. 6-11.