Cedric Richmond Helps Out Steve Scalise

Cedric Richmond Helps Out Steve Scalise

Today it was revealed by blogger Lamar White that, in 2002, the third most powerful Republican in the House addressed a white supremacist group founded by David Duke.  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) in 2002 as was a state legislator.  The group is defined on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s site as being “white nationalist.”

Tonight, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus came out to defend Rep. Scalise.

Rep. Cedric Richmond

“I don’t think Steve Scalise has a racist bone in his body. Steve and I have worked on issues that benefit poor people, black people, white people, Jewish people. I know his character,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), as reported by the Times Picayune.

It would be interesting to know exactly what issues Scalise and Richmond, “worked on that benefit poor people, black people, white people, Jewish people.”

Whatever that work was it sure as hell couldn’t have been completed in Congress.   The two Congresses Richmond has been a part of  — the 112th and the 113th — have been two of the least productive in history in terms of legislation passed.  Scalise has been part of a GOP controlled House that has featured gridlock.  The work Richmond is referring to with Scalise likely happened when the two served in the Louisiana statehouse.

As a conservative Republican, Scalise has supported the Ryan Budget and pushed for cuts that would aid the poor.  Louisiana is the third poorest state in the U.S. with a poverty rate of 18%.  

FYI: The ad below from Scalise’s 2008 campaign is quite a treat…