Scalise re-elected House majority whip; Landrieu votes against Reid as Senate leader _lowres

Associated Press file photo by MELINDA DESLATTE -- Republican House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.

Supporters continued to rally behind U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson Parish, over the weekend — several days after he came under fire for speaking at an event in Metairie a decade ago that — at the very least — included members of a David Duke-led white nationalist group and was arranged by the former Klan leader’s backers.

Scalise admitted Tuesday to giving a speech to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO, workshop at the Landmark Best Western in May 2002. He called the appearance “a mistake I regret” and quickly denounced the group’s neo-Nazi and white nationalist views. Meanwhile, one of Duke’s political advisers who had invited Scalise to speak that day raised questions over whether Scalise actually participated in a different event on the same day at the same hotel.

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