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.