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Scalise Doesn't Recall Speaking At White Supremacy Meeting

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise says he doesn’t remember a 2002 appearance he made at a meeting of white supremacists.

He tells Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, “I detest any kind of hate group.”

Scalise was in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

Now he is the third-highest ranking House Republican in Washington.

Scalise says he was asked by several groups to speak about his opposition to a tax plan he opposed at that time.

The group was founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who's also a former Louisiana lawmaker. Scalise says Duke was never at a group where he was a speaker.

He says that had he known at the time what the group was about — he would not have gone to the meeting.

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

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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