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.”