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12/06/2013

Louisiana: Republican state senator refers to Tony Perkins as 'extremist' associated with hate group

by Jeremy Hooper

As you may or may not know, rabidly anti-LGBT figure Tony Perkins is considering seeking a U.S. House seat that is opening up in his home state of Louisiana. If he were to move forward, this would obviously lead people like me to step up and point out just how extreme Tony Perkins really is. But get this funniness: a fellow local Republican who is seeking the same seat is going ahead and doing the job for me:

Referencing [Tony] Perkins' rumored intentions, [State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge] said he was "not excited" by the idea of "some of our candidates having questionable associations with certain hate groups." Perkins' Washington, DC-based FRC is a designated "anti-gay" hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"I don't want Louisiana to become the focus of the national media because we have extremists running for a particular office," he said, likening Perkins to former state legislator and KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who grabbed headlines when he ran for governor and lost against Edwin Edwards in 1991.

FULL: Baton Rouge lawmaker Dan Claitor will run in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District [The Times-Picayune]

MORE: Hate Group Ties Become Issue for Tony Perkins in Possible Run for Congress [SPLC]

This is crazy hilarious, and I really don't see how Tony can escape it. There are already several candidates stepping up to run for this seat. In a primary where the other Republicans will be looking for anything to get the leg up over their fellow partisan, Tony's well-documented extremism is right there on a silver platter. Why would GOP voters hoping to win a general election go for someone with this kind of record?

See Tony, I told you years ago to lay off the over-the-top hostility and make amends. Sure, it may have helped you make a "culture war" profit. It's also going to cost you any chance at a place on Capitol Hill.

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