Are the Rightwingnuts even throwing this guy under the bus?
House GOP leader regrets speaking to supremacist group
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Tuesday he regrets speaking to a white supremacist group as a state legislator in 2002 and that it was a mistake.
In a statement released by his office Tuesday, Scalise officially acknowledged that he spoke to the group while trying to “build support” for a plan to cut spending and tax hikes.
“One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn,” he said.
“It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold.”
Scalise if fighting to keep his job as the third-ranking Republican in the House following revelations that surfaced last weekend on a local Louisiana blog….
Boehner, McCarthy stand by Scalise
House Republican leadership is standing by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) after the No. 3 House Republican admitted to speaking to a white supremacist group in 2002.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both issued statements Tuesday afternoon voicing their support for Scalise as majority whip.
“More than a decade ago, Representative Scalise made an error in judgment, and he was right to acknowledge it was wrong and inappropriate,” Boehner said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“Like many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I know Steve to be a man of high integrity and good character. He has my full confidence as our Whip, and he will continue to do great and important work for all Americans,” Boehner added….
Civil rights group: Scalise must go
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leading civil rights group, is calling on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to resign from his leadership post after revelations that he spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002.
In a post on the SPLC website, titled “Steve Scalise’s Denials Are Not Believable,” senior fellow Mark Potok points to the example of former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who resigned his leadership post in 2002 after praising the presidential campaign of segregationist Strom Thurmond.
“After singing the praises of segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), Lott was forced to resign his leadership post,” Potok writes. “Now Steve Scalise should do the same.”
New House GOP Spin: Scalise Hanging With Racists Helps Him Work With Conservatives
Erick Erickson (Diary) @ Red State….
The House GOP will stand by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)76%, signaling they will hold their leadership to lesser standards than they would conservatives.
Now they are just rubbing everybody’s nose in it.
Their latest spin, courtesy of the Washington Post, is that Scalise’s ability to connect with racists makes him a bridge builder between conservatives and Speaker Boehner.
I kid you not.
From the article:
Racist elements have long been a part of political life in Louisiana and throughout the Deep South, but Scalise’s skillful ability to balance them with his party’s modern-day need to appeal to a rapidly diversifying electorate helped enable his rise.
One of Scalise’s assets in the leadership is that he has been able to sway rabble-rousing members who often cause headaches for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). On the House floor, he will sit down next to a colleague he is trying to win over, place his arm around his or her shoulder, lean in close and talk.
Scalise’s political associates say he tolerates political outsiders and even some gadflies more than most leaders, eager always to turn anyone into an ally. That persona has fueled his climb to power. It has also invited controversy.
In other words, because Scalise is confortable in front of David Duke style groups, he knows how to navigate those wackado conservatives in Congress….