October 7, 1992 |
As George Bush struggles to hold together the "Solid South" that helped seal recent Republican presidential victories, his campaign finds itself facing an especially vexing problem in Louisiana--weaving its way through one of the nation's most intricate and volatile intraparty feuds. "Historically, the case in Louisiana has always been that the Democratic Party is divided and the Republicans are unified," said Edward F.
June 16, 1991 |
Rep. Clyde C. Holloway won the Louisiana Republican Party's gubernatorial endorsement. Two other GOP candidates, Gov. Buddy Roemer and state Rep. David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, were not eligible for endorsement because they had refused to sign a pledge to drop out of the race if the party's backing went to someone else. National Republican officials had said they would support Roemer, who is in his first term, no matter what happened at the state convention in Lafayette.
September 24, 1989 |
The state's Republican Committee on Saturday declined to censure state Rep. David Duke for his past as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The committee has no authority to kick Duke out of the party, but two committee members who worked on the censure said they had done so because of Duke's past of "promoting racial violence, his anti-Semitism and his neo-Nazi philosophies." Neil Curran and Elizabeth Rickey, both of New Orleans, tried to introduce the resolution at the party's quarterly meeting.
July 26, 1990 |
State Rep. David Duke, the president of the National Assn. for the Advancement of White People and a former national Ku Klux Klan leader, qualified as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Duke paid a $900 qualifying fee and filed papers with the secretary of state in Baton Rouge, La., about 20 minutes after state Sen. Ben Bagert of New Orleans, the official GOP candidate. The two candidates are challenging Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, a Democrat who is seeking his fourth term in the Senate.
October 7, 1990 |
In an election seen across the nation as a test of race relations, Democratic Sen. J. Bennett Johnston narrowly won reelection Saturday, turning aside a surprisingly stubborn challenge from state Rep. David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. But Duke refused to concede defeat Saturday night, and his powerful showing immediately sparked predictions that he would bid for another high office as soon as next year.
February 20, 1989 |
The election of David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader and recent convert to Republicanism, to the Louisiana Legislature on Saturday could hardly have come at a worse time for the GOP--just as its high command was launching a much heralded effort to broaden the party by reaching out to blacks and other minorities.