Scalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game'

Scalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game'
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video 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.

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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 RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates 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 McCarthyTrump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat 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 WenstrupTrump, Biden battle over rush for COVID-19 vaccine The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally One doctor's thoughts on a hopeful future 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.”

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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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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.