Representative-elect Mia Love (Utah), the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, voiced her support Sunday for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who has come under fire after he acknowledged speaking to a white supremacist group in 2002.

"I believe he should remain in leadership," Love said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Scalise has been "absolutely wonderful to work with. He has been very helpful for me," she said.

Scalise acknowledged last week that he appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization when he was a state legislator. He condemned the group's views, and an adviser said the congressman did not know at the time about its affiliation with racists.

"These groups are awful. And the last thing I want to do is give them any sort of publicity or credibility," said Love, who was elected in November to succeed retiring Rep. Jim Matheson (D).

House Republican leaders have backed Scalise.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said if Scalise spoke to the group — some have claimed he did not — it was "grave mistake" on his part. But Barrasso pointed to the words of Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who is African American. "I don't think Steve Scalise has a racist bone in his body," Richmond said last week.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said on "Meet the Press" that the gathering "was clearly an inappropriate place" for Scalise to be. She said it was up to the GOP leadership to decide whether he ought to remain in his post.