House Communications Subcommittee member Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was in the national news Tuesday (Dec. 30) after his office reportedly confirmed he had spoken to a group of white supremacists while he was a state representative back in 2002.
In an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Scalise said he doesn't support the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) or anything it stands for and doesn't remember speaking to the group, though he conceded to talking to a number of groups about his opposition to a tax plan at about that time—spring 2002.
"I didn't know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group. For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous," he told the paper. "I was opposed to a lot of spending of spending at the state level. When people asked me to go speak, I went and spoke to any group that called."
Scalise's office had not returned a call for comment at press time.
Scalise has pushed major video reform, including repealing compulsory licenses and lifting media ownership rules. He has also long proposed getting rid of the must-buy tier and scrapping the retransmission consent regime, both of which cable operators would like to see gone.
Scalise was elected majority whip in June.