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Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration

Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration
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GOP Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble Feehery: How Republicans can win by focusing on schools Former RNC chair to Republicans looking for new Trump party: 'There's the door' MORE (La.) has invited former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Donna BrazileDonna Lease BrazileHow President Biden can hit a home run Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Harris selects Tina Flournoy as chief of staff: report MORE to be his guest to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE’s inauguration on Wednesday.

“I thought it would be a good show of unity,” Scalise told The Advocate. “It’s important we all focus on trying to bring the country back together. We all need to play a role in trying to achieve that.”

Brazile said she had reached out several weeks ago to see if Scalise would invite her to the event. According to the former DNC chairwoman, she and Scalise have been friends for a long time, having maintained good relationships with Republican officials throughout her career.

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“I’m so honored to be a part of this history,” said Brazile with regard to Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes MORE's historic role as the first female, African American and Asian American person to hold the office.

“The theme of this occasion is America United, and together we will witness the peaceful transfer of power," she added.

As would be expected, Brazile told The Advocate she strongly opposed Scalise's decision to vote against certifying the election results but said she and the congressman knew how to put aside their differences.

"Democrats have a slim majority. In order to get anything done, we still have to reach across the aisle, not only on behalf of my beloved home state but also my country. We know each other. We respect each other. We’re both proud grads of LSU," said Brazile. "We talk sports. We talk family. We never let politics get in the way of checking in with each other. I’m so honored to be a part of this history."