Majority Whip Steve Scalise has come under fire for a 2002 tax policy speech he gave at the European-American Unity and Rights Organization conference.
Gotnews.com investigated EURO and found the organization is filled with Democrats, including Roy Armstrong who ran as a Democrat against Bobby Jindal in 2004 and David Duke who has run as a Democrat, Republican, and Populist.
The President of EURO, David Duke, started his career as a Democrat.
Here’s how the Associated Press described his political career in December 2002.
1988 – Runs for president. Barred from running as a Democrat, he moved to the Populist Party and hired ex-American Nazi leader Ralph Forbes as campaign manager. His name was on 15 state ballots and he received 0.5 percent of the national vote.
1989 – By a 227-vote margin, Duke, running as a Republican, won a runoff for a Louisiana House seat in Metairie, a New Orleans suburb. He leaves that office after one term in 1992.
1990 – Running as a Republican, Duke loses a primary for the U.S. Senate to Democratic incumbent J. Bennett Johnston after the GOP forces out its official candidate, Ben Bagert, to avoid a runoff. Duke gets 43.5 percent of the vote.
1991 – Runs second as a Republican in the governor’s primary to Edwin Edwards, knocking incumbent Gov. Buddy Roemer out of the race. Loses the primary in a landslide to Edwards, gets 39 percent of the vote.
1992 – Short-lived presidential bid ends with South Carolina primary.
Duke’s lieutenant, Roy Armstrong, ran for Congress against Bobby Jindal in 2004 as a Democrat. He was defeated.
Here’s the Times-Picayune on September 27, 2004:
A native of Seattle, Armstrong moved to Mandeville in 1999 after living in Germany for 23 years. He has since been a close supporter of Duke, working in the former state representative’s 1999 congressional race and serving since 2002 as the general secretary of EURO, Duke’s white-rights organization.
“I’m not a surrogate candidate for David Duke, although I’d like to get the David Duke vote,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said he sees the campaign as an opportunity for EURO to “mainstream” its message. The Anti-Defamation League and some civil rights groups call EURO a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic organization, but Armstrong rejects those labels.
“We’re not anti-Jewish, and we’re not racists,” he said. “We do support the equal application of the law, including to white people.”
Armstrong, 55, was a Democrat before switching to the Republican Party in 1999. But he returned to the Democratic Party when he qualified for the election last month. He said the policies of President Bush’s administration, particularly the war on Iraq, have “turned me off” from the GOP.
Armstrong was stationed in Germany with the Army between 1968 and 1970. He moved there in 1976. While in Germany, he said, he was arrested three times in the 1980s, including twice during public demonstrations, one of them seeking the release from jail “for humanitarian reasons” of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy who was then in his 90s. Armstrong said the third arrest came when he printed an anti-immigration pamphlet with the message, “Do not let the parasites come into your country.” He said the phrase was not a racial slur and referred instead to the strain immigrants were placing on public services.
He said the first two arrests resulted in fines. German prosecutors dropped the third case after he left the country, he said.