What Scalise Said About Duke in 1999

Way back in the distant past, when Rep. Bob Livingston was caught having affairs and had to resign rather than succeed Newt Gingrich as House Speaker after he was caught having affairs, David Duke wanted to run for his seat against David Vitter and Steve Scalise. What they had to say about that is interesting:

Other potential Republican candidates said Duke’s political viability has waned in recent years.

“I honestly think his 15 minutes of fame have come and gone,” said state Rep. David Vitter (R), a wealthy Metairie attorney who holds Duke’s old seat in the state House and is “seriously considering” a Congressional bid. “When he’s competed in a field with real conservatives, real Republicans, Duke has not done well at all.”

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.”

That was the reason they gave for why Republicans should not vote for Duke in the primary battle for that seat. Not because he’s a fucking white supremacist and a former KKK grand wizard. Nope, that’s okay. It’s just that he can’t win. That’s the “first and most important thing.”

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Us Conservative Libertarian Independent voters are sick and tired of being told by Establishment Republicans that our Tea Party candidates can’t win simply because they get less votes than the other team. We can’t wait to get behind Duke’s Primary of Scalise!!!

  • John Pieret

    Rep. Steve Scalise (R), said he embraces many of the same “conservative” views as Duke

    [Tapping toe impatiently] And you are going to state which views of Duke’s you “embrace” and which you don’t, exactly when?

  • lorn

    “That was the reason they gave for why Republicans should not vote for Duke in the primary battle for that seat. Not because he’s a fucking white supremacist and a former KKK grand wizard. Nope, that’s okay. It’s just that he can’t win. That’s the “first and most important thing.” ”

    The GOP has been consistent on that. What matters is names with an ‘R’ beside them being attached to butts that fill chairs in political office. That is the goal. The shortcomings and corruption of the candidates are not a problem as long as they don’t interfere with getting them into office.

    On the other hand, virtually anything, even the most noble of motivations or methods will ever serve to excuse any real or perceived tone or behavior that interferes with getting elected. Getting another Republican into office is far more important than any moral or ethical consideration.