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POLITICO Playbook Holds Live Interview With Rep. Scalise at D.C. Bar

By Jordan Uhl

June 25, 2018

Attendees listen closely at the June 12 event.
Photo Credit: Rod Lamkey, Jr.

On June 12 the D.C. Bar hosted POLITICO Playbook’s live interview with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, offering a unique and personal glimpse into the Louisiana Republican’s agenda and policy objectives.

The interview, conducted by Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, kicked off with the biggest story of the week — President Trump’s nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Scalise seemed optimistic of the Trump administration’s diplomatic efforts, saying he was excited to see a denuclearized North Korea.

While the conversation covered politics, with 2018 shaping up to be a pivotal election year, it also pivoted to Scalise’s personal life, particularly his road to recovery after being shot in 2017 by a lone gunman during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

At multiple points doctors feared he wouldn’t survive his wound, and his family braced for the worst. And even after his condition stabilized, they weren’t sure if he would ever be able to walk again. Scalise recently underwent his ninth surgery, which is also expected to be his last.

The entire experience, Scalise said, has made him much more appreciative of his life, the loved ones around him, and even his work.

“I look at the Capitol dome every night I’m leaving, and it’s a moment where you still pinch yourself,” Scalise said. “I love doing this job, and there’ll be a day when I don’t get to do it, so while I’m here I wanna make every minute count.”

Watch the full interview here.