Scalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game'

Scalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game'
© Greg Nash

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Overnight Energy: House to vote on anti-carbon tax measure | Dem says EPA obstructed 'politically charged' FOIA requests | GOP looks to overhaul endangered species law MORE is writing a memoir, one year after the Louisiana Republican nearly lost his life during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C.

The 304-page book, titled “Back in the Game,” is scheduled to be published by Center Street on Nov. 13, according to a page that appeared on the website of online retailer Amazon on Monday.

GOP sources close to Scalise also confirmed he would publish a memoir this fall. The Associated Press first reported news of the book.

The publication date is a week after the Nov. 6 midterm election and about the time House Republicans will return to the Capitol to select their new leadership team as Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.) is retiring from Congress.

That’s significant because Scalise, the No. 3 House GOP leader, has positioned himself as a likely Speaker candidate in the event that Ryan’s heir apparent, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show Eric Holder: Calls to abolish ICE are 'a gift to Republicans' MORE (R-Calif.), can’t secure the 218 votes needed to be elected Speaker.

According to the Amazon page, Scalise’s book will tell the “minute-by-minute fight for his life and his long recovery after he was shot” in Alexandria, Va., last June while practicing for a congressional baseball charity game.  

“This tight, inspirational narrative includes a dramatic retelling of the shooting and the heroism of Rep. Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupScalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game' Scalise returns to GOP baseball practice a year after shooting Overnight Finance: House panel to take up bill toughening review of foreign deals | Trump acknowledges Cohen payment on disclosure form | Officials set for new round of China trade talks MORE — an Army Reserve officer and combat medic, along with the Capital Police, the first responders and trauma team who saved Rep. Scalise's life,” the Amazon page says.

“Representative Scalise believes that his faith, the grace of God and the power of prayer had a great deal to do with his recovery, and he will share stories and experiences that illustrate the many miracles that occurred to keep him alive.”

Police have said the shooting was carried out by James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., who in the past had railed against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE and GOP leaders. He shot Scalise once in the hip, shattering his pelvis and causing damage to organs and severe internal bleeding.

Others shot that day were Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was part of Scalise’s security detail; congressional aide Zack Barth; and Matt Mika, a lobbyist. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

Scalise said he feels well enough to return to the baseball diamond on Thursday, when the charity Congressional Baseball Game will be played at Nationals Park. It will fall on the first anniversary of the Alexandria shooting.