Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Washington Post's list of scandalous Louisiana politicians forgets about David Duke

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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So The Washington Post's political blog, The Fix, did a compendium this morning of disgraced Louisiana politicians ("Vance McAllister is part of a long line of scandalized Louisiana politicians. A VERY long line"), which stretched back to the 19th century.

It's a big list, encompassing everyone from Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno to Hippo Katz — but one obvious name was missing: that of former state Rep. David Duke. Writer Jaime Fuller did manage to squeeze in Duke's name, under an entry dedicated to former Gov. Mike Foster:

Republican Gov. Mike Foster spent $150,000 for a list of supporters of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and gubernatorial candidate David Duke. That sum of money is considerably above what such a list would normally go for, so many assumed Foster paid Duke — who ended up endorsing Foster — to stay out of the 1996 election. Foster also failed to report the payment on his tax forms. Foster quickly said he regretted buying the list, which he didn't even end up using. 
Fuller lists McAllister as "another data point in the argument that there must be something in the water there that makes politicians a magnet for bad behavior," but it's curious that Duke didn't qualify as one of those data points, given that the list stretched back far enough to include 19th-century Sen. John Slidell. 

A briefer take on McAllister was offered by the New York Post, which headlined its story in typical fashion: CONGRESSMAN BASHED BY KISS GAL'S HUBBY. It's no HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR, but it's good.

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