Congressman who rose to powerful job still rooted back home

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, the House’s third-ranking Republican, is known as much for his backslapping, hearty embrace of the lighter side as he is for his rock-solid conservatism and allegiance to the GOP.

Scalise is in critical condition following surgery, the hospital said, after being shot in the hip Wednesday during a GOP baseball practice in Virginia. The shooting stunned his home state and rocked the halls of Congress.

Nationally, Scalise is the party-line...

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