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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Reactions to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 1:07 PM

click to enlarge U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip.
  • U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip.

This morning's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at a Congressional baseball game in Virginia drew quick responses from Louisiana and national lawmakers, as well as representatives of Republican and Democratic groups:

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy:
As we wait for facts to be learned, Louisiana lifts up in prayer Congressman Steve Scalise and his family. Reports say he is in stable condition. Please continue to keep him and all those injured in your prayers.

U. S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy
“Steve is a good friend, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Hating people because you disagree with them is wrong. It is un-Christian, it is un-American, and it has gotten worse. My thoughts right now are with Steve, his family, the aide who was shot, and the Capitol Police officers. It is just a bad day for America.”

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond:
I am saddened by the horrific news from GOP baseball practice. My prayers are with my colleague Congressman Steve Scalise, the Capitol police officers, and staff.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves:
“Most importantly, we are thankful that our fellow Louisianian, Steve, is going to recover and remain strong. We will continue to pray for him, his wife Jennifer and kids as he goes through the healing process. We also pray for the staff and others wounded in today's attack.

The heroic efforts of the Capitol Police protection detail cannot be overstated – their sacrificial patriotism prevented a massacre. This hero and shero risked their lives to save many others. God Bless them, and we pray for their speedy recovery.

Today is sobering and frustrating. It is sobering because it reminds us how quickly these senseless attacks can destroy lives. These can be fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors. They are not nameless or faceless individuals.

The attack is frustrating because I expect that this will ultimately demonstrate that words and rhetoric have consequences. Over the last several months, verbal attacks, divisiveness, and polarization have reached inappropriate and unhealthy levels in our government. Many thoughtlessly lob verbal grenades without considering the consequences.

The 435 members of the House represent the great diversity of our amazing nation. We bring these broad perspectives and priorities of our districts together in the House to advance America. It is our job to find common ground and to work together to actually solve problems. We can disagree and have different perspectives without being disagreeable. Sadly, it seems, politics in many cases has devolved into a dehumanized ‎blood sport. Contributing to the problem, many in the media and bloggers have evolved from reporters to editorialists and provokers spreading misinformation and sensationalism. I apologize for any contribution I may have caused.

All of us should take a big step back‎ to remember and embrace that above the tags of left, right, liberal, conservative and every title in between – we are FIRST Americans. This bond we share is more important than the politics we don’t. We must work together, from the foundation of our shared love of our country, our heritage and our freedom, to constructively create the America our countrymen and women deserve. Binding up the wounds will take time, but we must start now. “

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party:
"I am deeply saddened and troubled that anyone would inflict terror on public servants. Steve Scalise is my friend and former state legislative colleague. My heart goes out to him, the other victims involved, his family, and the brave law enforcement officers injured in this tragic incident.

The upcoming congressional ballgame that he and others were practicing for is one of few occasions that bring Democrats and Republicans together. I know personally that Steve and I share a core philosophy of standing up and fighting hard for what you believe in. He's strong and I look forward to his full recovery."

Gov. John Bel Edwards:
“This appears to be an outrageous, cowardly attack on one of our own. Steve Scalise is a friend, colleague and fighter for the people of Louisiana. While details continue to unfold, I want to thank the Capitol Police, all the first responders and other members of Congress for their quick and heroic efforts. Reports indicate they took swift action to take down this madman and render aid. Donna and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, his wife Jennifer, their two children, Madison and Harrison, and all those who were injured. I would ask the people of Louisiana to join their prayers to mine for a quick recovery for Congressman Scalise.”

Mayor Mitch Landrieu:
“As everyone knows, Steve is one of our congressman, and he is a strong fighter for the city of New Orleans. I have worked with him, and I have great admiration and respect for him. I served with him in the Legislature for ten years, and he is a dear friend. I want to ask the people of New Orleans and of the country to keep him and the other victims in your thoughts and prayers. I am encouraged by reports that he is in stable condition. We continue to pray for his full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with his family.

“In times like these, we have to pause and reflect, which is why I postponed the State of the City Address today. We have to be clear: any attack on any public official is an attack on our very democracy, on all Americans and on our country. This is not a partisan issue. The world sees us battling politically for what we believe is best for our constituents, but what the public might not understand is that we spend a lot of time together and so do our families.

“President Trump just gave an address on the incident, and he said it well: we are stronger when we stand together and better when we work for the common good. We have to put aside all our differences and unite against this cowardly violence in our country. This senseless violence cannot go unchecked.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry:
My thoughts and prayers are with Steve as he has surgery and faces what will likely be months of recovery following the event’s that took place early this morning. Steve and I are former colleagues and great friends, having just had dinner earlier this week. He is an incredible public servant who not only serves our country in a leadership role in Congress, but also proudly represents the State of Louisiana.

Additionally, I remain in prayer for the others who were shot. Though this situation is fluid, we have already heard of many acts of bravery in the midst of this tragedy. Like always, law enforcement officials were quick to act, risking their lives to protect others. Having served in Congress, I know firsthand what the Capitol Police did daily to keep the members of Congress safe. We are grateful for the swift actions that undoubtedly saved this event from being more heartbreaking. 

LAGOP chairman Roger Villere:
"I want to express my appreciation to the people of Louisiana for the tremendous outpouring of support and prayer for Congressman Steve Scalise and his family this morning.

Steve is a champion for freedom, one of the great leaders to come from among our ranks. We have every expectation that Steve will make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, please continue to pray for Steve, his wife, Jennifer, and their children. Additionally, please pray for the other victims and their families.

Thank you."

State Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Minden, chairman of the Louisiana House Democratic Caucus:
“We are all shocked at this senseless assault on our Congressmen. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Steve Scalise and the others wounded in this mindless attack. We also thank God for the bravely of the police officers who prevented even more carnage."

Larry Frieman, chair of the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee (RPEC):
"Steve has been a friend to many of us personally and has been a remarkable public servant throughout his career. While details are still coming in, the best things we can offer are prayers and patience while local authorities in Virginia and Federal investigators determine what happened — and what is appropriate to make public.

"We are obviously outraged and appalled by this act of violence against the congressman, his security detail and his staff, and expect swift justice for the gunman. Our most noble focus at this time must be to give care, prayer and support to those who were most directly impacted."

Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (who was shot at a public event in 2011):
“It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, nor if you're a senator or a representative, nor a staffer or a sworn officer. If you serve the institution of Congress, you're connected to your colleagues, current and former, by a shared sense of service to ideals far greater than yourself. This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy.

“I am heartbroken for the pain of Congressman Scalise, the other victims, and their family, friends, and colleagues who survived. I am thankful for the great courage of the Capitol Police, who were my protectors after I was shot and became my friends. I also know the courage it takes to recover from a shooting like this, and I know Steve and everyone there this morning have such courage in great supply.

“May all Americans come together today with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to go about everyday making this country its best. Our nation is resilient, and we always come back stronger.”

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