David Duke — a former KKK imperial wizard, notorious neo-Nazi, and convicted scam artist — doesn’t spend much time in Louisiana anymore. He’s busy spewing anti-Semitic and white supremacist vitriol from his new base of operations in the Ukraine. But Duke’s former cronies are still active in Louisiana state politics. (Duke was elected to the Louisiana State House as a Republican in 1989; he lost a close race for governor in 1991).
In early June, longtime Louisiana right-wing radio talk show host and unabashed Duke supporter Keith Rush, 75, was elected to the Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Louisiana state Republican party.
When Duke ran for governor in 1991, he backed Rush’s candidacy for Jefferson Parish Council, telling supporters in an endorsement letter, “He thinks like we do. He believes in the things we believe in.” One of Rush’s campaign flyers was titled, “Who is this racist?” In it Rush wrote, “This racist believes that ‘real’ racism thrives on affirmative action programs.” Rush was also a featured guest speaker at “Duke Fest,” held July 4, 1991, in New Orleans’ City Park.
Rush’s election has so far gone unnoticed by national media, although Right Hand Thief and the Flaming Liberal have been dogging the story since mid-June.