Updates at the end
House Majority Whip, Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana (pictured above), the No. 3 Republican in the House, did not address EURO – the European-American Unity and Rights Organization – a white supremacist organization. He spoke to the totally innocuous Jefferson Heights Civic Association which held a meeting earlier in the day at the same hotel. This all took place in 2002.
Scalise apologized Monday for speaking before the extremist group that he never spoke before.
CNN was right on top of this, hoping for a Republican scandal and immediately posted that it had “all the traits of a career-ending political scandal.” They should go back to looking for MH370.
Slate wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it so they jumped on the alleged fact that it was held in the same room as the EURO meeting was held in later in the day. Also, they were disgruntled over the possibility that some EURO people came early and sat in on Scalise’s speech. All of this, Slate posted was because the man who arranged the speech to the civic association, Kenny Knight, is an advisor to David Duke.
The charge against Scalise now is that Knight and Scalise conversed and were “friendly”, whatever that means. They were so “friendly” that Knight donated $1000 to Scalise six years ago. A whole $1000.
Doesn’t sound all that “friendly” to me.
Kenny Knight and his former girlfriend, Barbara Noble, confirmed earlier this week that Scalise never spoke before EURO.
I wonder why the Democrats aren’t bragging about David Duke supporting Democrat and ex-Panther Charles Barron for the congressional seat in New York’s 10th district? Their common ground is that they’re both anti-Semites.
When Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio stop associating with criminal and race hustler Al Sharpton, and stop meeting with the likes of Bassem al-Musri in Ferguson, I’ll start listening to their criticisms of Steve Scalise talking to Kenny Knight and meeting with a civic association at Knight’s behest.
If Scalise apologized for it, he obviously didn’t remember. Who the heck would remember who they spoke to in 2002 anyway.
This is a tempest in a teapot.
Duke said he did meet with Scalise several times but he met with plenty of Democrats as well. He has threatened to release the names of Democrats who met with him.
He said the speech by Scalise was on tax matters and it was 12 years ago.
He told the media that he has met with Democratic legislators at least 50 times over the course of his political career.
“Why is Scalise being singled out? I don’t know. He was just going there, obviously, to tell voters about some of his initiatives on some tax matters,” a “flabbergasted” Duke told Fusion.net. “That’s what it’s all about. And I think it’s insane, this whole process.” Duke added that he met with many Republican and Democratic legislators in Louisiana politics, rubbing shoulders with everyone at events ranging from formal conferences to children’s birthday parties. If media continued to “make hay” of the Scalise scandal, Duke warned, he would release a list of every politician with whom he has had ties.
Gotnews.com investigated EURO (National Organization for European American Rights) and found the organization is filled with Democrats, including Roy Armstrong who ran as a Democrat against Bobby Jindal in 2004 and David Duke who has run as a Democrat, Republican, and Populist.
Update: 01/05/14: David Duke appeared on The O’Reilly Factor this evening. He said that Scalise was scheduled to speak to his group but he has no idea if he did.
It’s still a tempest in a teapot for the sole purpose of hurting Republicans.