Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Nazi Congressional Candidate Arthur Jones Has Red-Faced Republicans Scrambling

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday scrambled to distance himself from Arthur Jones, the former American Nazi Party leader who is a Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois.

Rauner tweeted Thursday that voters should “vote for anybody but Arthur Jones.” He had previously refused to endorse Jones’s Democratic opponent, Dan Lipinski.

Jones is pushing back, inexplicably branding Republican Senator Ted Cruz “Count Chocula” after the arch-conservative urged voters to back Lipinski. Jones added that Cruz had “no business sticking his long, pointed nose into politics in Illinois” in an interview with Talking Points Memo .

The debacle is proving to be an enduring embarassment for Rauner, who is an underdog in his reelection battle against Jewish Democrat J.M. Pritzker.

Jones is a candidate in a heavily Democratic Chicago district. He had no opponents in the Republican primary earlier this year, which is looking like an epic fail for the state GOP.

Jones has a long history in racist organizations, and was a former leader of the American Nazi Party. According to the Times of Israel, he has hosted annual dinners to commemorate Hitler’s birthday.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at or on Twitter, @joshnathankazis




Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit the Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, images, and credit to the Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.