In addition to the recent revelations surrounding Louisiana GOP Rep. Steven Scalise, an old interview from 1999 has surfaced, further casting doubt on his claim that he didn’t know the nature of his audience during a speech in 2002 at a white supremacist convention – organized by well-known KKK member David Duke.
“The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic,” a spokeswoman for Scalise said.
But in an interview from 1999 in Roll Call, he seemingly contradicts himself. Scalise, addressing Duke’s potential second run for Congress, acknowledged that the KKK Grand Wizard had little chance of getting elected to represent Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District.
Another potential candidate, state Rep. Steve Scalise (R), said he embraces many of the same “conservative” views as Duke, but is far more viable.
“The novelty of David Duke has worn off,” said Scalise. “The voters in this district are smart enough to realize that they need to get behind someone who not only believes in the issues they care about, but also can get elected. Duke has proven that he can’t get elected, and that’s the first and most important thing.”
Further complicating things for Scalise, Duke made a public statement yesterday coming to the defense of the GOP House Minority Whip, calling him a “fine family man” and emphasizing their close relationship.
“Scalise would communicate a lot with my campaign manager, Kenny Knight,” Duke told the Huffington Post in an interview. “That is why he was invited and why he would come [to the EURO convention]. Kenny knew Scalise, Scalise knew Kenny. They were friendly.”
It’s interesting to note that the other GOPers in the Roll Call article outright condemned David Duke. Scalise was the only one who seemed congenial about him.