A top House GOP leader once addressed white supremacists

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U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (L) speaks to members of the media as Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (R) listens after a leadership election at a House Republican Conference meeting June 19, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. House GOPs have picked Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the new House majority leader and Scalise as the new majority whip. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise served in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a 2002 convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Now he is the third-highest ranking House Republican in Washington.

A Scalise aide confirmed to the Associated Press that he spoke to the group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who’s also a former Louisiana lawmaker.

But Moira Bagley Smith said in a written statement that Scalise spoke only to rally support for conservative fiscal policies, not to endorse his audience’s mission.

Smith said the group is driven by “hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance” that Scalise rejects.

A liberal Louisiana blogger, Lamar White Jr., first reported the appearance.

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  • Skip

    Joe of the KKK, you should be happy President Obama helped bring the USA through the Bush recession an poor ignorant folks like you can have jobs and receive healthcare. The economy s better and gas prices are down – not bad so far!

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