CONCORD — The chairman of the state Democratic Party said Tuesday that U.S. Rep.-elect Frank Guinta should call on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to resign his House leadership post after he acknowledged that in 2002, he spoke to a white supremacist group.
Scalise has apologized, while Guinta has not yet responded to the demand by NHDP chair Raymond Buckley.
According to Politico, Scalise released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that his appearance before the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) — described as “an extremist group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke” — a “mistake I regret” and said he rejected the organization’s racist ideology.
House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued statements supportive of Scalise, saying that he make a mistake in judgment a dozen years ago and has apologized.
But Buckley said, “It’s deeply disturbing that Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who serves as a member of the House Republican leadership team, admitted that he spoke at a gathering of a hate group founded by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
“Frank Guinta’s silence on the alarming revelations about House Republican leader Steve Scalise is even more troubling given Guinta’s own ethical lapses, for which he was named one of the most corrupt members of Congress” — by the pro-Democratic group CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The reference was to more than $200,000 in loans Guinta made to his 2010 campaign while forgetting, Guinta said, to disclose the sources of the loans on his financial disclosure form.
“Granite Staters deserve to know whether Frank Guinta condones Congressman Scalise’s outrageous behavior, and Guinta needs to immediately demand that Scalise resign his position in the House Republican leadership,” said Buckley.