As first reported by LAPolitics’s John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford (behind a paywall), Tony Perkins, the controversial and incendiary leader of the Family Research Council, is considering a run for Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District. Quoting (bold mine):
“I’ve been encouraged by many people to consider getting in and I’m thinking about it,” Perkins said. “It’s an attractive prospect to be closer to home.”
Perkins, whose recent appointment to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission by Governor Bobby Jindal sparked national outrage, may be best known as the leader of an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed as a “hate group,” a label that seems more than fitting when one considers Perkins’s and the FRC’s long track record of homophobia, intolerance, and bigotry.
For many in Louisiana, Tony Perkins’s association with a “hate group” is utterly unsurprising. In 1996, while managing Woody Jenkins’s campaign for U.S. Senate, Perkins paid David Duke, the former Klansman, $82,500 for his mailing list; five years later, Perkins spoke before a group of white supremacists. Perkins has never denied that he paid for Duke’s mailing list (the campaign was fined for ethics violations); instead, he’s suggested, incredulously, that he didn’t know whose list it was. And he’s never denied that he spoke to a well-known white nationalist organization in 2001 (there is photographic proof); instead, he’s suggested, incredulously, that he didn’t know what organization it was.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Tony Perkins’s appointment to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission. I reported that Perkins had only been recently appointed. Well, it turns out, I was wrong. Governor Jindal appointed Perkins way back in April, but both Jindal and Perkins kept the appointment quiet.