Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) gained much of his nationwide fame after surviving a shooting by a Democratic domestic terrorist. Now, the President wants the 11-year Congressional veteran to leave Capitol Hill and lead Louisiana as Governor.
This comes from two sources on Air Force One where the President talked to the Congressman earlier this week. According to Axios:
As Trump travelled to southwestern Louisiana on Tuesday with several members of Congress, including Scalise, the president pulled out polling numbers to show Scalise how popular Trump is in Scalise’s home state, according to a source with direct knowledge.
Perhaps Scalise’s brand of Republican politics will translate better at the state level in the executive branch than it has on Capitol Hill. He scores a dismal 33% Liberty Score, second only to the lone Democrat in the state for being the least conservative. He’s clearly popular there, so getting him to take the reins while someone more conservative heads to Washington DC seems like a win-win for everyone.
Personally, I like Scalise, but his politics have been lukewarm from he start.
“Scalise seemed flattered by Trump’s pitch, but politely dismissed the idea, according to a source with direct knowledge. The election is in October and the deadline to enter the race is early August.” – Jonathan Swan
It won’t happen, but it’s good to see the President thinking about more than DC politics. Gaining more control of the states is essential for conservatives as we enter an era in which DC overreach shows no signs of slowing.