After hearing Rick Santorum and the right-wing punditry bring up birth control and whether or not there really is separation of church and state in the Constitution, I wondered what would be next on their agenda; school segregation or women voting? How many other hoary old tropes can they trot out to run on because the one issue they’re supposed to be championing — the economy — is undermining them by getting better?
Well, I have to admit that having a guy who denies the Holocaust run for Congress was not on the top of the list.
Arthur Jones, an insurance salesman who is running for the Republican nomination in Illinois’ 3rd District, is a former member of the Nationalist Socialist White People’s Party and once wrote a flyer calling the Holocaust an “international extortion racket.”
“This idea that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust is the biggest, blackest lie in history,” he told KMOX, a CBS affiliate in St. Louis. “There is no proof that the Holocaust took place in Europe against the Jews.”
Jones, who says he is challenging Rep. Dan Lipinski (D) seat because of Lipinski’s Israel policies, says that he’s “the only guy in the state of Illinois against the Israeli lobby.” So far, he’s collected 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot, but the state Republican Party is refusing to let him on because of his views. “I didn’t know believing in the Holocaust became a requirement for public office,” Jones said.
Yeah, yeah, I know; it’s just one guy in a district in Illinois, the state Republican party wants nothing to do with him, and he’ll probably get his head handed to him in the election should he even make it on to the ballot. But what I wonder is what makes him think that now would be a good time for him to crawl out from under the woodwork and run for Congress? And who are the 1,000 people in his district who told him that he’s just the right candidate to speak for them?