Louisiana politicians offer bipartisan backing for Steve Scalise



WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Louisiana delegation is offering bipartisan support to Rep. Steve Scalise, who is embroiled in scandal surrounding his 2002 address to a white supremacist forum.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the lone Democrat in Louisiana’s House delegation, offered his full-throated support to the congressman in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune Monday night.

“I don’t think Steve Scalise has a racist bone in his body,” Richmond, who is African American, told the paper. “Steve and I have worked on issues that benefit poor people, black people, white people, Jewish people. I know his character.”

He added: “I am not going to let them use Steve as a scapegoat to score political points when I know him and know his family,” Richmond said.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, also backed the congressman in a statement.

“I know Congressman Scalise to be a good man who is fair-minded and…

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