A Grateful Scalise Returns to Baseball

He’s a force in the Republican Party as the powerful House majority whip. His name is in the conversation as the next speaker. But as Steve Scalise recently reflected in his ornate leadership office in the Capitol, he talked about friendships.

The Louisiana lawmaker’s friends thought he was dead exactly a year ago, knocked down by a bullet and bleeding out on the infield where the Republican team was practicing a day before the Congressional Baseball Game.

He’s made it all the way back to taking the field Thursday night when his team plays the Democrats in the annual charity faceoff at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park.

“I went through a lot of different emotions and different levels of recovery over the last year. But those first few months especially, when you’re fighting for your life and you’re not sure, was I even going to be able to come back to Congress and do my job that I love so much? Was I going to be able to walk again?” he recalled.

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