Ted Cruz, the Republican Senator from Texas, is speaking out, begging Republican voters to ‘choose the Democratic candidate’ in the Illinois third district run for Congress. The November ballot will feature Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier on the GOP ticket, up against Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski. In his campaign website, Jones has a whole page mocking the Jews and ‘so-called Holocaust’, branding the beastly genocide of six million Jews as “the biggest blackest lie in history”. Jones won the primary when no other candidate stepped up. “This is horrific. An avowed Nazi running for Congress,” wrote Cruz on Twitter. “To the good people of Illinois, you have two reasonable choices: write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat. This bigoted fool should receive ZERO votes.”
Republicans failed to block the former leader of the American Nazi Party from representing their party in the Chicago-area congressional district. Last week, was the filing deadline to enter a qualifying third-party candidate for the general election. As per Politico, a candidate would have needed 14,600 valid signatures to appear on the ballot. This task proved too arduous and expensive for such a small and heavily Democratic region. The candidate would regardless have had only a thin chance of success against Lipinski. In the early stages of the primary election, the party was likewise unsuccessful in recruiting a challenger. Republicans were also not able oust Jones by questioning his signature petitions. The party had used this method to successfully keep Jones off the ballot in the past, but this time, they had no room to deny the validity of his signatures. Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Aaron DeGroot said on Thursday, that the party still hopes to recruit and support a write-in candidate for the election.
The episode has become an embarrassment to the entire Republican party. “First, it’s morally wrong and I think it’s really harmful to the party. The guy’s a complete nutcase. He’s a Nazi,” said conservative GOP state Rep. David McSweeney. “This is an absolute political disaster.”
As reported by Forward, Jones was very pleased to hear that the Republican Party had not found a third-party candidate to run against him. “I snookered them,” he said laughing smugly. “I played by the rules, what can I say?” Jones said he is running to counter the “two-party, Jew-party, queer-party system.” He has refused to disclose his donor donations with the Federal Election Commission because, as he put it, “I’m not going to give the Jews an opportunity to harass my supporters until after the election.”
By: Ilana Siyance