December 27, 1991
The David Duke campaign may well be over before it begins. He has asked that his name not be placed on the Maryland ballot when the state holds its presidential preferential primary March 3. According to his research director, Marc Ellis, this is because Mr. Duke wants to run in the Georgia primary on the same date and in the South Carolina primary March 7.It is more likely, though, the candidate was ignorant of Maryland Republicanism, and upon learning that...
October 22, 1991
An embarrassed White House chief of staff was at pains yesterday to read David Duke, erstwhile Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and Nazi sympathizer, out of the Republican Party. He is not a Republican, said John Sununu, and the White House will give him no support in his campaign against a twice-indicted (but twice-acquitted) Democrat in the November election.But Sununu's statements aside, Duke is in fact the denouement of Republican policy dating back for 23 years. The rise of Duke, or someone like him, began in 1968 when Richard Nixon fashioned the "Southern strategy" to offset the influence of George Wallace, who at that time was the embarrassment to Democrats that David Duke is today to the Republicans.
December 24, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- David Duke, the former Klansman running for the GOP presidential nomination, is getting closer to a spot on the Maryland primary ballot.Maryland Secretary of State Winfield M. Kelly Jr. will deliver a letter today to the State Administrative Board of Election Laws asking that Mr. Duke's name be placed on the March 3 primary ballot.The secretary of state is given wide latitude under the law in signifying which candidates are placed on the ballot. Mr. Kelly sent letters to those candidates who are reported in the media to be candidates.
October 29, 1991
When Congress enacts a new civil rights bill, Sens. John Danforth, R-Mo., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., will probably get the credit. But we will always think of it as the Hill-Duke Act. Anita Hill and David Duke changed the public opinion environment in the nation in recent weeks, just enough to change the political perspectives and stakes in the debate over civil rights legislation.President Bush vetoed the 1990 civil rights bill. He called each subsequent substitute version "a quota bill" and would not endorse any. Even if it were a quota bill in 1990 (and it was not, in our view)
July 10, 1992
"Backlash: Race and the American Dream" was evidently made while David Duke, the Louisiana politician best known as a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, still seemed to be a formidable figure in the 1992 presidential campaign. But even after the collapse of his candidacy, concern over his appeal lingers. So tonight's hourlong documentary on PBS at 10 p.m. is by no means out of date.Clips from speeches and interviews show that Mr. Duke has tidied up his prose since the days when he wore the sheet and peddled Nazi pamphlets.
April 24, 1991
Sulphur, La. -- WHEN David Duke held a campaign rally here the other day about 120 people filled the banquet room at the Holiday Inn to listen attentively and cheer him on.This isn't 20,000 people packing Madison Square Garden but it ain't chopped liver either. The turnout on a bright spring 'N afternoon in this small town just west of Lake Charles was impressive enough to suggest that reports of the political demise of David Duke may be premature.The conventional wisdom among political professionals and activists here seems to be that Duke is doomed to be an also-ran in the primary for governor Oct. 19 -- despite his success in drawing 44 percent of the total vote and 60 percent of the white vote against Democratic Sen. J. Bennett Johnston last November.