`Duke Has To Be Stopped'

Just days before Louisiana's Nov. 16 gubernatorial election, employees of Stewart Enterprises, a New Orleans-based funeral home and cemetery operator, will get an unusual memorandum from Chairman Frank B. Stewart Jr. It warns that the election of Republican David Duke, a 41-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader and Nazi sympathizer, could cripple the fragile state economy. "The major financial institutions in this country . . . will probably blackball us merely because of the reputation (be it right or wrong) that David Duke brings with him," Stewart writes. The stark choice: Back former Democratic Governor Edwin W. Edwards, whose years in office were marred by corruption charges, or risk "economic suicide" at the hands of Duke.

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