Duke Prepares Bid for Livingston's Seat
By Ceci Connolly and Helen Dewar
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is gearing up to run for Congress, again.
This time Duke, who keeps rattling the Republican establishment by running for political office under its banner, is eyeing the seat of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston (R-La.), who has indicated he may not seek reelection this fall.
Livingston, who represents a predominantly white New Orleans suburban district that includes Duke's political stronghold of Metairie, is scheduled to announce his plans Thursday.
Reuters quoted Duke yesterday as saying his candidacy for Livingston's seat is "very possible, but we have to wait to see what he does."
Running as a Republican, Duke was elected to the Louisiana state legislature in the late 1980s, and since 1990 he has run unsuccessfully for the governorship and for the Senate.
At least a dozen Republicans and Democrats have indicated interest in Livingston's seat, which could make it easier for Duke to get into a runoff under Louisiana's unusual all-party primary system. But Duke also faces serious problems, not the least of which is that Livingston has said he is prepared to spend his $650,000 campaign chest to assure that someone other than Duke succeeds him.
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