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Steve Scalise, House majority whip, admits he spoke at a white nationalist summit in 2002

Not a good start for Republicans as they prepare to take control of both chambers of Congress in 2015. From The Washington Post:

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers.

The 48-year-old Scalise, who ascended to the House GOP’s third-ranking post earlier this year, confirmed that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

That organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. [The Washington Post]

Scalia's office said he was unaware of the organization's ties with neo-Nazis and other unsavory types.