Tea Partiers Apologize to Rove Over Nazi Image Fundraising email 'wrong,' says official By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 19, 2013 6:59 PM CST 21 comments Comments Karl Rove in a file photo. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) (Newser) – One of the bigger Tea Party groups apologized to Karl Rove today after a fundraising email went out depicting him as a Nazi, reports USA Today. The co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots called the image "inappropriate" and said it got sent without the approval of the group's leaders. It had been attached to an email with the subject line, "Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove's Face," notes CNN. Rove has angered the Tea Party movement by vowing to help defeat "undisciplined" candidates who tend to win primaries but lose general elections. "They see people like you and me as a serious nuisance, and they will do everything they can to crush us," said the anti-Rove email in its request for money. Click to read why Nate Silver thinks Rove's strategy will backfire.