In an act of solidarity with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, members of the Republican and Democrat congressional baseball teams will be wearing Louisiana State University Tigers baseball uniforms for part of the Congressional Baseball Game tomorrow night.
The act is meant to honor the Louisiana representative after he was shot in the hip and hospitalized Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire on the practice field in Virginia. The bold show of bipartisan solidarity is being arranged by Congressman Roger Marshall (R-KS). According to spokesperson Eric Pahls, the act will have personal meaning to the wounded congressman.
“Scalise was always decked out head-to-toe in LSU gear,” Pahls tells Independent Journal Review. “This is time for all of us to show that we stand with him.”
Pahls also noted that Scalise, a New Orleans native, is a graduate of LSU himself. Interns in Marshall's office will be delivering the LSU baseball T-shirts to the congressional offices of baseball-playing members of Congress tomorrow afternoon once the shirts arrive via overnighted special delivery. Republicans will wear black, Democrats white, for the game.
The horrific act has brought out some of the best in our politics, as members of both sides of the aisle came together in prayer and support of each other Wednesday afternoon, along with messages of support from the president of the United States and the first family.
The very visible act on the baseball field later this week should be a beautiful and powerful one.