Perennial losing candidate and former state Rep. David Duke told the hosts of a white supremacist radio show last week he was considering another run for president in 2012. Duke, who has run for various offices since losing his 1991 bid for governor, said he was planning an "exploratory nationwide tour," and intended to seek federal matching funds for his run. In a posting on his website, Duke claimed "Thousands of Tea Party Activists and many others have urged him to run for President!"
Duke formed a Ku Klux Klan group in Louisiana in the 1970s and went on to found his own organization, the National Association for the Advancement of White People. He ran for president on the Democratic ticket in 1988, but switched his affiliation to Republican later that year. In 1989, he won a special election for Louisiana's House District 89, where he served fewer than two years. Since losing the governor's race to Edwin Edwards, Duke has traveled in eastern Europe and maintains a residence and office in Mandeville. He now bills himself as "Dr. David Duke," after receiving a degree from a Ukrainian college.
Should he not run for president, Duke said on the radio show, he might consider another congressional run. "I do believe at this point we need something in America to shock our people," he said, adding, "One of the problems you have in Louisiana is that you have a very, very large black vote." — Kevin Allman