Let's recall this about Stephen Scalise - one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives. He comes from the most `conservative' district in Louisiana - a state whose then-Democrat white elected representatives relentlessly opposed desegregation of the public schools.
In 1991 when the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke ran for Governor and won the Republican nomination he forced a run-off. Democrat Edwin Edwards won but Duke got 55% of the white vote - an important moment in the migration of the historically segregationist white voters to the GOP which has become the white southern party. But even so there are changes - Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal are Indian American and Vietnamese southern Governors.
So Rep. Stephen Scalise - now the Republican Whip (chief vote counter) - knew who he was courting in what he now labels a momentary lapse in his non-apology apology. Love - about to enter the House - dutifully plays her expected sanitizing role. - gwc
GOPer Mia Love: Time 'To Move On' From Scalise's Hate Group Speech"
by Caitlin MacNeal
Incoming Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on Sunday said that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) should remain in Republican leadership despite recent reports that he spoke at an event for a white nationalist group in 2002. "These groups are awful. And the last thing I want to do is give them any sort of publicity or credibility, and I can say, as far as I'm concerned, with Representative Scalise, he has been absolutely wonderful to work with," Love said on ABC's "This Week." When asked if Scalise should remain as GOP whip, Love indicated that his apology was enough."
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