CHICAGO (AP) — An outspoken Holocaust denier is likely to appear on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a Chicago-area congressional district.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 70-year-old Arthur Jones of Lyons is the only Republican candidate in the March 20 primary for the 3rd Congressional District. The heavily Democratic district stretches from Chicago's southwest side to suburban Western Springs and LaGrange.
Jones calls the Holocaust "the biggest, blackest lie in history." He said he's a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now leads a group open to "any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent."
Coming to a U. S. House district near you: A GOP candidate running solo in the primary who admires Nazi Germany. How Illinois Republicans got saddled with Arthur Jones, from @lynnsweet and @FrankMainNews https://t.co/06OthmDe4M #twill #2018election #elections #Chicago pic.twitter.com/Uw2tHyoH8A— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) February 4, 2018
Jones has run before but never been a viable candidate. This year, Illinois Republicans didn't field another candidate and no one challenged Jones' petitions.
Alisyn Camerota interviewing Arthur Jones, the neo nazi running for Congress is 🔥"It's amazing how openly racist you are... You are a Nazi."— Dorey Scheimer (@DoreyScheimer) February 8, 2018
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner released a statement saying there was "no room for Neo Nazis in American politics." He said he condemned Jones "in the strongest possible terms." Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider added: "We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office."
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski and Marie Newman are seeking the Democratic nomination.
Watching Nazi, Arthur Jones, uncontested GOP candidate for IL 3rd Cong District on @NewDay. Scary crazy. Most hateful, dark-hearted, loon I remember running for office. Given last 2 years, that’s a very high-bar. Illinois GOP needs to find somebody, anybody, to challenge him.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 8, 2018