Congressman who rose to powerful job still rooted back home

Jul 10, 2017 288

BY: MELINDA DESLATTE AND MATTHEW DALY

When he campaigned for his leadership job, Rep. Steve Scalise embraced two things he loved, baseball and his home state of Louisiana, handing out commemorative baseball bats and serving up a Cajun dinner with oysters and gumbo.

The House's third-ranking Republican is known as much for that sort of joie-de-vivre, a backslapping, hearty embrace of the lighter side, as he is for his rock-solid conservatism and allegiance to the GOP. He returns every year to the Louisiana Legislature where he once served with hugs and handshakes as he mingles with former colleagues of both parties.

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SOURCE: http://www.sfchronicle.com

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