November 19 2017

House GOP Whip Scalise remains in critical condition, hospital says

November 19 2017, 12:55 | Van Peters

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Republicans and Democrats are fighting for bragging rights in their annual Congressional Baseball game, and doing so as one unit - Team Scalise.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava speaks during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during a congressional baseball practice.

Bailey was wounded in the gun battle at Wednesday's baseball practice in Alexandria, along with another Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who is believed to have fired the shot that killed Hodgkinson. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

Ticket sales for the annual Congressional Baseball Game were motivated by tragedy and inspired by unity. (D-9th Dist.), the batting and first base coach for the Democrats.

The players planned to wear some Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school. A congressional staff member, a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers were also shot Wednesday.

Bailey threw out the opening pitch at the game.

It was an emotionally charged night, as both Republicans and Democrats knelt and prayed for Scalise.

When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations - "Let's play ball" - cheers rang out.

And President Donald Trump delivered a message on the giant scoreboard before the first pitch. "We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said from the White House. "I would encourage you to talk to your military-medical colleagues about what it means to be shot with a high-velocity rifle in the hip region, because most of us would not even think to consider that a benign wound".

Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left".

Prior to Thursday's matchup, the series was tied at 39 wins to either side.

Scalise's usual position is second base, where players gathered to kneel in prayer before the game as the crowd chanted "U-S-A!" That didn't happen this year. While last year's attendance peaked at 10,000, on Thursday almost 25,000 seats were sold and the game raised about $1 million for local charities.

Sponsors spent nearly $188 million lobbying Congress and the federal agencies a year ago, according to a compilation of data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group.

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives. "We want to do the same for our community", said Stephanie Duplessis, manager of the LifeShare Blood Center in Baton Rouge.

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