David Duke, former Louisiana lawmaker and Ku Klux Klan leader will begin a 25-city tour to gauge support for a possible 2012 presidential bid. Duke has made two runs for president — one as a Democrat in 1988 and the other as a Republican in 1992.
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center states: “We’ve seen increasing numbers of white supremacists and others on the radical right running for electoral office for several years now and we likely had more in the last election than in any other in recent memory……..the fact that there are so many openly running for public office reflects the growth of white nationalism over the last 10 years”
The most interesting part of this story is the part what’s NOT being reported.
It turns out that David Duke and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council which has their hands buried deep into extreme right wing politics with the group itself recently being designated as a “hate group” right alongside the KKK, has ties to David Duke both personally and politically.
In 1996, Tony Perkins paid former David Duke $82,000 for use of his mailing list.(Both Perkins and Duke are from Louisiana) At the time, Perkins was campaign manager for Louis E. “Woody” Jenkins, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the Jenkins campaign $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke. The Family Research Council has always claimed that Perkins was unaware of David Dukes involvement with the KKK even though it was well known at the time. Of course, if Perkins had been unaware of Duke’s connection to this list and the Klan then why did they try to hide the money paid to David Duke?
But that’s not all…..
In 2001, Perkins addressed the Council of Conservative Citizens (successor organization to the anti-integration White Citizens Council) – a known racist group with an agenda of white supremacy. CCC members focus on issues like interracial marriage, which the group calls “mongrelization of the races”; black-on-white violence; and the demise of white Southern pride and culture, best exemplified in the debate about the Confederate flag. Additionally, in its heightened rhetoric about the expropriation of states’ rights by the federal government and by an impending “New World Order,” Perkins refuses to answer questions about his affiliation with this White Supremacist organization Associates of the CCC include Mark Cotterill, Chris Temple, Jared Taylor, Paul Fromm and once again ………David Duke.