By Robert A. Vella
Today is a big news day, so we’ll get right to it.
From The Washington Post – House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white supremacists in 2002:
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white-supremacist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers.
Scalise, 49, who ascended to the House GOP’s third-ranking post this year, confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO. But the adviser said the congressman didn’t know at the time about the group’s affiliation with racists and neo-Nazi activists.
“For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous,” Scalise told the Times-Picayune on Monday night. The organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, has been called a hate group by several civil rights organizations.
From the Daily Kos – Convicted felon Michael Grimm will reportedly resign from his swing seat:
Last week, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm plead guilty to tax fraud, but refused to resign from his Staten Island seat. The House Republican leadership wasn’t putting much public pressure on the congressman to depart, and it looked like he would be able to stay put. However, that seems to have changed. On Monday night, both The New York Daily News and Politico reported that Grimm will resign either Tuesday or Wednesday. House Speaker John Boehner’s camp is not denying the story, which they almost certainly would do if it weren’t true.