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.
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.
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.