It’s been nearly 30 years since David Duke won his only political race, but news that he’s considering a run for the House against Majority Whip Steve Scalise got a lot of attention.
It’s not the first time that Duke has floated the idea of running against Scalise — he floated the idea early last after Scalise was forced to apologize for “a mistake I regret” in speaking in 2003 to a white supremacist group founded by Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Duke called Scalise a “sellout” and called for him to resign his seat and said he was thinking about running against him.
“I’m definitely going to consider it because it’s so disgusting to me to see … he got elected on false pretenses,” BuzzFeed reported at the time.
Duke said that it was the ambush on police in Dallas that killed five officers that compelled him to think about running again. A statement on his website said that Duke had been encouraged by “enormous numbers of people” in his district to run.
“With the country coming apart at the seams and no one willing to really speak the truth about what is happening, the majority population in this country needs someone who will actually give voice to their interests in the face of an increasingly violent hatefest launched by the media and political establishment against them,” the statement said.
Duke has a losing record in politics.
After two unsuccessful bids for the Louisiana state Senate in the 1970s, he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, finishing with 4 percent of the vote in the primary won by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Failing that, he ran as the Independent Populist candidate for president, getting 1 percent of the vote in Louisiana as George H.W. Bush won the state.
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SOURCE: Roll Call, Eric Garcia