In in the interest of full disclosure, I am proud to say that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is my representative. I am saddened that some politicians and others have chosen to try to sully his good name. It won’t work.

In a recent Advocate, there were several stories about his speech in 2002 as reported by a liberal blogger. It would be interesting to know just who he/she is. I wonder if they have been holding this blog for just the right time for maximum inpact on the Republican leadership in the new Congress.

I have to confess I had never heard of the group he addressed about taxes nor ever knew that at one time David Duke was associated with it. From one story it appears that Duke had not been active in it for several years.

Currently, I am much more concerned about the climate of hate that has been fomented by the likes of the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and even the president and attorney general. This certainly led to the killing of the two officers in New York City. The focus on hate groups should be on Sharpton’s committee and Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and others of their ilk.

What members of both political parties have addressed these hate groups? Locally, what politicians were associated with the disgraced ACORN group? I hope The Advocate’s reporters will delve into all groups on the liberal side.

In the meantime, I will agree with former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston and others that Scalise does not have a racist bone in his body. And by the way, I’m still waiting for apologies from all of those who have perpetuated the lies about “Hands up, Don’t shoot.” These have given us a lot of looting and violence around the entire country.

Wayne Blankenship Jr.

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