CHICAGO – Illinois Republicans botched four opportunities to prevent an avowed Nazi from representing her party in a Chicago Now they're paying the price.
Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier who will appear in November as a GOP candidate against Democrat Dan Lipinski, has become campaigner for Democrats trying to defeat Gov. Bruce Rauner some Republicans even fear that the blemish of Jones's extremist views represents a danger to the party up and down.
"Ers at least it is morally wrong and I thin It is really harmful to the party. The guy is a complete madman. He is a Nazi, "said Conservative Republican Representative David McSweeney," This is an absolute political disaster. "
McSweeney's comments come a few days after the deadline for candidacy of a third-party candidate for parliamentary elections – that of Republican voters Previously, the party had failed to recruit a candidate for Jones's contestation in the main elections, failed to dissuade him from the main vote, and was unable to find a writing candidate against him in the United States
The candidacy of third-party candidates against Jones in November was one of the options reserved for the Republicans in Illinois after Jones won the GOP nomination by an undisputed victory, but the deadline came and went this week and that did not happen either.
Jones, who told POLITICO he was running against a "bipartisan, Jewish party, queer party system," laughed when he was told that the GOP could not muster a candidate.
"You have not made a third party candidate?" Jones asked when he was reached by phone on Thursday. That's awesome! That's awesome!
"I've sunned her," he said of state Republicans. "I played by the rules, what can I say?"
As a third-party candidate in the election campaign Entering Illinois is not an easy task: in the 3rd congressional district a candidate would need 14,600 valid signatures, a tedious and expensive undertaking, and even then there is little chance of success against Lipinski. "
" There were several people involved were interested in acting as independent candidates, but unfortunately they have made the decision not to run after they have taken into account the incredibly large signature requirements in a relatively small geographic area and the amount of resources needed campaign in a district heavily favored for Democrats " said spokesman for the Republican Party of Illinois Aaron DeGroot.
On Thursday DeGroot said that instead the party is planning to recruit and support a candidate for general election.
Yet, Jones' nomination for the party – and party leader Tim Schneider – has been a tremendous embarrassment for months. When Schneider saw a huge challenge to his chairmanship in May, some Republicans, including prosecutor Jeanne Ives, who unsuccessfully opposed rauner in the election, cited Jones' candidacy as a reason to break with Schneider's leadership. Schneider survived his challenge by bringing in his challenger as co-chair.
Some questioned why the Republicans failed to oust Jones by using the traditional Illinois method, which distracted unwanted people from voting – by signing his petition. Both parties often use tactics to make each other bloodless.
Democrats have more than once successfully eliminated a would-be Nazi candidate, Richard Mayer, who has been tempted to run as a Greens candidate in various congressional districts through petition problems.
But no one tried Jones. His signatures were scrutinized but never questioned, according to the Illinois State Electoral Office. The GOP has stated that it has examined the petitions, but could find no legal reason to challenge them.
J.B. Pritzker, Democratic candidate for the governor, who was instrumental in the construction of the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, has asked Rauner to persuade Jones to retreat. Rauner has condemned Jones and said there was no room in American politics for him. But Pritzker said that Rauner, who is the biggest contributor to the Illinois GOP, has not done enough.
"Bruce Rauner has more than once hit the worst elements of our policy, but I sincerely hope he agrees that a self-proclaimed Nazi and Holocaust denier has no place to run any office in Illinois," Pritzker said POLITICO in a statement. "I urge Bruce Rauner to go with me and tell Arthur Jones to get out."
The Republicans in fact flatly refused Jones, saying that he has no place in their party, condemned his candidacy, once performed robocalls against him, and even encouraged district primary voters to leave ballot boxes empty, rather than for Jones to vote.
But the GOP has never managed to offer these voters an alternative candidate for Jones.
"It's not enough to denounce Jones … do something about it, they have not put a candidate against him in elementary school, they're not running against him in general, and they do not support Lipinski, so what do they do?" Steve Sheffey, a pro-Israel activist who writes a Jewish newsletter in Chicago. "From now on, the Illinois Republicans should be asked at each forum, at each endorsement session, without question:" If you live in the 3rd congressional district, who would you vote for: Dan Lipinski or Arthur Jones?
The inaction against Jones is a widespread belief that neither he nor any Republican have a chance to win against Lipinski in November in the Solidary Democratic district.Other Republicans have on Partisan Gerrymandering as an obstacle to recruiting viable GOP candidates Although the party only needed 603 signatures to mobilize someone against Jones, US law does not require candidates to live in the congressional district they work for.
Jones stays at the congressional demonstration Autumn far back – he did not even file a report with the Federal Election Commission or announce any financiers, a move he has designated as intentional.
"I do not report. I will not give the Jews an opportunity to harass my supporters until after the elections, "he said." At the moment I keep all names confidential. "
When asked how much money he had collected, he said," Me will not tell you. "
In the meantime, Republicans have one last chance to save face, and they can start a registration question if that candidate notifies three districts in their district by September 6. 19659006] "They have not blasphemed anyone against him in the Primary. They have not appealed against him, they have not found a candidate for writing, and they have not found an independent candidate, "McSweeney said." We missed four options. We should not miss the fifth.