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champt10 Donating Member (246 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:52 PM
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David Duke
You know I read today that he was speaking at the Holocaust Denial COnference so I decided to research him. Does anybody know how this racist nutbag actually won an election In Louisiana? Anybody from Louisiana on these boards that can explain how a founder of a KKK organization could win an election?
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:54 PM
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1. I thought he was dead. Maybe he can go hunting with Cheney. nt
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WorseBeforeBetter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:56 PM
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2. Just like how any racist nutbag actually wins in any other state...
Idiot America.
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champt10 Donating Member (246 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:58 PM
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4. But this guy won in late 80s early 90s
This guy didnt win in the 50s or 60s but in like 1990. I mean we can assume some people are racist nutbags by their positions, but this guy founded a KKK group. That is a whole new level
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:57 PM
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3. The only thing he ever won was a puke state representative seat...
Edited on Tue Dec-12-06 04:10 PM by jus_the_facts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Duke

Duke made several unsuccessful bids for political office, including runs for the Louisiana House, Louisiana Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor of Louisiana and twice for president of the United States. In 2002, he pled guilty to tax evasion and fraud charges, resulting in a year-long prison sentence. He is a long-time New Orleans resident and the father of two.

In December 1988, he switched political affiliation from Democratic to Republican.

In 1989, he ran as a Republican for a seat representing Metairie in the Louisiana State House of Representatives. He defeated fellow Republican John Treen, the brother of David C. Treen, the first Republican to be elected governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction, by a narrow margin of 51-49 percent. Duke's victory came despite visits to the district in support of John Treen's candidacy by President George H.W. Bush, former President Ronald Reagan, and other GOP notables.

THE VERY FIRST VOTE I EVER CAST WAS AGAINST THIS PIECE OF TRASH!


EDWIN EDWARDS vs. DAVID DUKE 1991

When a reporter asked Edwards what he needed to do to triumph over Duke, Edwards replied with a smile, "Stay alive." Duke lost the election by a wide margin. Edwards received 1,057,031 votes (61.2 percent). Duke's 671,009 votes represented 38.8 percent of the total. Duke claimed victory, saying, "I won my constituency. I won 55 percent of the white vote," which he had, as exit polls confirmed



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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:58 PM
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5. Simple. Gerrymandering.
I did live in La. (N.O.) at the time. The only election he ever won was for a seat in the La. state House. The House has 101 districts, which naturally tend to be very small. Dukkke's district centered around the exclusive, lily-white suburb of Old Metairie. Even then he just squeaked by in a runoff against a non-racist-nutbag repuke.

I mentioned that the La. House has 101 seats. The layout on the floor is 50 double desks, and one single. Guess who got assigned the single????? :evilgrin:
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liberalsoldier5 Donating Member (248 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:00 PM
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6. He won the same way Robert Byrd won...
...KKK credit and all, he was jsut so damn popular with those immediately surrounding him. Remember- all politics is local.
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WorseBeforeBetter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:18 PM
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7. Are you and liberalsoldier5 a tag team? (n/t)
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:22 PM
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8. Many people don't see their racism and hate as a bad thing
They are under the impression that it is their God-given right. It's sick. God doesn't need that kind of PR.
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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:38 PM
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9. You tell me. Can anyone say Jefferson???




I knew you could.
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