Karl Rove Told Komen to Re-Fund Planned Parenthood CEO Nancy Brinker said 'Karl' urged her to 'backtrack': ex-VP By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Sep 11, 2012 11:23 AM CDT 42 comments Comments Karl Rove talks in his mobile phone as he walks across the floor before the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Newser) – Planned Parenthood, it seems, had an unlikely champion in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy: Karl Rove. In a new book, former Komen VP Karen Handel, who stepped down amid the uproar, remembers a comment from CEO Nancy Brinker. "I’ve talked to a lot of people," Brinker reportedly said. "And even Karl says we have to backtrack" on cutting funds for the group. Brinker confirmed that she'd been talking about Karl Rove, according to Planned Bullyhood, which comes out today, the Daily Caller reports.