Anti-Semite loses bid for seat in US Congress (again) (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ARI BEN GOLDBERG 04/11/12)
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A perennial Chicago-area candidate blames third loss on local
reporter who brought attention to his neo-Nazi past, Holocaust
denial, and immigrant bashing
A 64-year-old retired insurance salesman in Chicago and three-time
congressional candidate is blaming his last-place finish in the March
Republican primary on a local reporter who outed him as an anti-
Semite and xenophobe.
Arthur Jones, who has been known to organize “family friendly”
celebrations at a local restaurant on Adolf Hitler’s birthday,
believes he would have won the election had local reporter Lorraine
Swanson not revealed his longstanding ties to neo-Nazis and
objectionable views on the Holocaust and Israel at the end of
“Lorraine Swanson, you are very deceptive and cowardly to headline
the story you wrote as if I was campaigning against the Holocaust. I
care deeply about the way our country is being manipulated by the
Jews and Israeli Lobby toward another war,” Jones wrote in an email
to Swanson after her article appeared. “Yet you apparently care more
about the damn Holocaust liars than you do about your own country.
Your treason against America is revolting.”
On March 20, Jones received 3,851 votes, about 10%, in the Republican
primary for Illinois’ third congressional district, currently held by
Democrat Dan Lipinski.
“Philosophically, I’m a National Socialist,” admitted Jones, who said
the only party he officially belongs to is the one he founded, the
America First Committee.
On his campaign website, Jones accuses “racist criminal Zionist
Israel” of carrying out a decades-long war against the Christian
community in the Holy Land:
“This is UNACCEPTABLE [all caps his]. This cannot go on, but it is
going on — hugely subsidized by the U.S. which gives more of our
taxes to parasite Israel than any other nation on earth — more than
$8 million dollars every single day. The Israeli government than
[sic] takes our money to fund AIPAC, the most powerful lobby in
Washington, which turns around and buys off our politicians so that
they can continue voting for Israel. Those who refuse to be bought
off are scared off by the ADL which will smear them with the bogus
Jones also blames Israel and the American Jewish lobby for
masterminding the 9/11 attacks and, in his interview with Swanson,
called the Holocaust “the blackest lie in history” and a
Jewish “international extortion racket.”
“It’s safe to say that Art lives and breathes the Jewish/Israel
issue,” says Swanson. “Almost immediately into my first interview,
Art blamed high food prices on the kosher certification process.
Pretty much all of his answers included some aspect of Holocaust
Swanson said that every April 21, Jones organizes an event at P.J.
Klem’s in Lyons, Illinois to commemorate Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
Last year, he reportedly hung a giant Nazi flag in the restaurant’s
banquet room. In 1978, Jones joined neo-Nazi marches on Skokie,
Illinois and Chicago’s Marquette Park.
Jones doesn’t deny his past affiliation with the American National
Socialist Party, but criticizes the news media for bringing up
his “moldy past.”
His campaign website also targets illegal immigrants, who, it claims,
are “invading [America] on a daily basis.”
“Latino Reds and Radicals such as La Raza are working to
create ‘Atzlan’, a new Marxist country out of the states of the
southwest,” says Jones, who adds that whoever does nothing to stop
this “illegal conquest” is guilty of treason.
Fringe candidates on the far right are nothing new in American
politics. One of the most famous examples was former Klu Klux Klan
(KKK) Grand Wizard David Duke, who unsuccessfully ran in the
Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and also lost bids
for the Louisiana State Senate, the US Senate, the US Congress, and
for Governor of Louisiana. (He was elected to one term in the
“Such candidates seem to be less frequent these days,” says Hudson
Institute scholar Tevi Troy, a Jewish Republican who served in the
George W. Bush White House and as a deputy cabinet member. “They are
less tolerated by mainstream society, and the 24-7 national media
environment makes it less likely for a local candidate with such
problematic views to be able to fly under the radar.”
Still, Swanson finds it “frighteningly disturbing” that Jones
received almost 4,000 votes.
“On the other hand, I also believe that general voter ignorance
played a role in many of those votes–or at least I like to think so,”
she says. “I think the votes cast for Art in the primary were votes
against Lipinski, Obama and the Democrats in general. The
name ‘Jones’ on the GOP ticket had a ‘safe’ ring to it.” (© 2012 THE
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