Facing no opposition, Arthur Jones, former leader of the America Nazi Party, won the Republican nomination for a seat in Congress, which will represent Illinois’ third Congressional District made up of a portion of Chicago, as well as Western Springs and La Grange.
More than 20,000 voters cast their ballots for the perennial candidate, ThinkProgress reported. While Jones previously ran for U.S. House, Chicago alderman and mayor of Chicago without succession, his Nazi-sypathies are no secret.
With Jones having a history of involvement with anti-Semitic and racist groups since the 1970s, CNN reported, the Anti-Defamation League made voters clear about Jones’ “record” and Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, disavowed him.
“The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District,” Schneider said.
Jones has been openly vocal about his Holocaust denial, spoke at numerous white nationalist events and widely uses anti-Semitic rhetoric, which is evident on his campaign website. Yet the “GOP primary electorate opted to cast their ballot for Jones rather than nobody,” ThinkProgress reported.
While Jones won the GOP primary, he is up against pro-life Democrat, Dan Lipinski, in a predominantly Democratic district. There hasn’t been a Republican congressman representing Illinois’ third Congressional District since 1975, the National Review reported, so the chances of Jones winning over Lipinski is far fetched.