Early Sunday rumble: Boise High’s Jim Messina v. Bush’s Karl Rove

The minds behind winning campaigns for the last four presidential elections square off on ABC’s “This Week,” at 7 a.m. MDT Sunday.

In the left corner, Boise High graduate Jim Messina, who came home for Christmas after managing President Barack Obama’s re-election win last year. Messina is chairman of Organizing for Action, which aims to use campaign-style grass roots organizing to advance the president’s agenda in a second term. His folks live in Canyon County.

In the right corner, Karl Rove, known as “The Architect” for his management of President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 wins. Now a Fox news contributor, Rove co-founded American Crossroads which had great success helping GOP candidates in the 2010 election but a poor record in 2012. Among the four universities attended by Rove was the University of Utah. As a young Republican leader, he organized at the University of Idaho.

Messina and Rove will appear with host George Stephanopoulos. Other roundtable panelists on the hour-long show include Peggy Noonan, a Wall Street Journal columnist and former GOP speechwriter; and Donna Brazile, a veteran Democratic strategist and ABC commentator.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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