Duke Is One More Hazard for the Republican Party
Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, January 6, 1999
� Copyright 1999 The Palm Beach Post
we don't have enough problems in the country already, David Duke
former Ku Klux Klan leader is seeking the Republican nomination
for the House seat vacated by Robert Livingston of Louisiana.
Rep. Livingston had been selected to succeed Newt Gingrich as
speaker of the House but resigned from Congress after admitting
to a series of adulterous affairs. David Duke is no stranger
to politics. He served one term in the Louisiana House of
Representatives, then ran for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and lost
to J. Bennett Johnston. In 1991, he ran for governor of
Louisiana and lost to Edwin Edwards. And, in 1996, David
Duke came in fourth in a field of nine candidates for the U.S.
Senate seat won by Democrat Mary Landrieu.
last Saturday, according to The New York Times, he traveled to
Arlington, Va., in an effort to raise some campaign money for
his congressional campaign.
to a crowd of about 100, and the makeup of that gathering is interesting.
The organizer of the event, Mark Cotterill, is the former
chairman of the national capital region chapter of the Council
of Conservative Citizens, a racist group that grew out of the
White Citizens Council. Mr. Cotterill said that, while the
Council of Conservative Citizens did not sponsor this event, many
in the audience were members of that organization. They
paid $10 each to hear David Duke and another racist rabble-rouser,
Edward Fields, of Kennesaw, Ga.
Council of Conservative Citizens is the same group that was addressed
in the past by Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, and by Rep. Bob
Barr, the Georgia Republican who was one of the leaders of the
move to impeach President Bill Clinton. As Senate majority
leader, Mr. Lott would play a powerful role in an impeachment
it was revealed that they had addressed the council, Sen. Lott
and Rep. Barr attempted to disassociate themselves from the organization
and denounced the racial views of its members.
the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League
have accused the council of having ties to the Klan, the National
Association for the Advancement of White People and other hate
Duke and Edward Fields blasted the Democratic Party in their speeches
to the crowd in Arlington. Mr. Fields said, at one point, "This
country has been gutted by Jews who vote Democrat."
Mr. Duke told the crowd he would be the first person in Congress
"to stand up openly and proudly" to defend the rights
of Christian whites.
we can get just one person in Congress," he said, "it
will be like opening the floodgates. It could change this
the former KKK grand dragon apparently spent most of his time
hawking copies of his book at $35 a copy. Also on sale at
the gathering were publications put out by the National Alliance,
a vicious anti-Jewish and anti-black group headed by William Pierce
of West Virginia.
the person who wrote The Turner Diaries, an infamous book about
a futuristic race war that has become like a bible to the hate
groups. Timothy McVeigh, convicted of blowing up the federal
building in Oklahoma City and killing 168 people, had a copy of
the book with him when he was arrested.
more moderate Republicans in Louisiana said they would try to
defeat any candidacy by David Duke, he is not all that much of
a long shot. The district he would represent is said to
be 85 percent white, and he claims that the voters there supported
him in his past campaigns.
a crew - David Duke, the Council of Conservative Citizens, Trent
Lott, Bob Barr, William Pierce. It makes one wonder whether
Hillary Rodham Clinton was that far off the mark when she said
her husband was the victim of a right-wing conspiracy.