January 4, 2015

Congresswoman-elect Mia Love (R-UT) defended House Majority Whip Steve Scalise during an interview on ABC's This Week and said he should remain in leadership despite the recent controversy regarding his speech to a white supremacist group back in 2002.

Love's reasoning... he's a nice guy and has been very helpful to her, so who cares what he did twelve years ago? Nothing to see here so let's just move along now.

RADDATZ: And Congresswoman-Elect Love, I want to turn to you on this. I'm sure you've been following the story involving one of your House leaders this week, Steve Scalise, who spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002.

What were your first thoughts?

LOVE: My first thoughts of -- this is 12 years ago. It's interesting that it's coming up now. That was -- I found that really interesting.

These groups are awful. And the last thing I want to do is give them any sort of publicity or credibility and I can say, as far as I'm concerned, with Representative Scalise, he has been absolutely wonderful to work with. He's been very helpful for me and he has had the support of his colleagues.

RADDATZ: Does it hurt the image of the Republican Party? And should he remain in leadership?

LOVE: I believe he should remain in leadership. There's one quality that he has that I think is very important in leadership and that's humility. And he's actually shown that in this case. And he's apologized and I think that we need to move on and get the work of the American people done.

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