This is making national news but it's not what it appears to be.
Think Progress: Republicans in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania have elected Steve Smith, a lifelong
white supremacist with close ties to neo-Nazi groups and groups like Aryan
Nations, to the county’s GOP Committee.
HATEWATCH has more on his background:
Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in
the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array
of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American
Third Position, Keystone
United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council
of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan
Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former
Klan leader David
Duke but is no longer associated with him. Smith also belongs to a
Pennsylvania-based group called the European American Action Coalition (EAAC),
which according to its website was formed in fall 2011 “by a few well known
White activists in the great and historic state of Pennsylvania.”
He has had letters to the editor published in the local newspapers and was convicted in 2003 of ' beating up Antoni Williams, a black man, using stones and chunks of
pavement. Smith pleaded guilty to terrorist threats and ethnic
intimidation and received a 60-day sentence and probation.'
Now for what TP and SPLC didn't cover in this story.
Steve Smith didn't appear on the primary ballot and there were only 3 write-in votes for Republican committeeman in Ward 4 of Pittston according to the election results posted on the Luzerne County website. 2 slots are allotted to that ward and another person won the other one. As far as I can tell he wrote himself in and won the election because of apathy. I talked to a few of my Republican friends tonight and they are appalled that this has happened denying any knowledge of this person. They wouldn't go on the record telling me any official statement should come from County Chairman Terry Casey.
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