WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush's chief political adviser is leaving his job at the White House at the end of the month.
Karl Rove is a longtime member of Bush's inner circle who the president nicknamed "the architect" for designing the strategy that twice won Bush the White House.
White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino calls this "a big loss." She says Rove is "a great colleague, a good friend, and a brilliant mind."
Perino says Rove has been talking with the president for "about a year" regarding when might be a good time to leave. Ultimately, she says Rove decided there was never a good time, just the "right" time.
Several other top administration officials have announced their resignations since Democrats won control of Congress.
It's expected Rove will write a book after he leaves.
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