Friday, June 01, 2012

White supremacist wins write-in for Luzerne County GOP Committee

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.


Anonymous said...

This man wrote in his own name.It is a fact as Gort observed there were only 3 write-in votes cast in that ward. 1 vote cast for Smith by himself and 2 votes cast for the other committee member. He elected himself and the law provides this opportunity and protects his right to do this. The GOP Party Platform clearly does not codone his views and activity!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being up front and accurate about this situation. The hate monger and race baiter Steve Corbett was going off about this yesterday; of course omiting the facts that you presented.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Well now since his past and who he is has been exposed the question remains what will the country GOP do about it? If they do nothing and give double talk then they are being complicit in their do nothing approach. If they think it is so terrible remove him from office or do they secretly support him and his beliefs?

Anonymous said...

You can't remove someone who is duly elected unless they can prove he was ineligible.

I'm sorry, hate to let facts spoil your obvious attempt to paint all republicans as racist.

Anonymous said...

Show the lack of interest among the voting public and the lack of organization among the Republican Party. Where were the Republicans who are looking for jobs? Where were people such as Art Bouboini who has dreams of bing the local magiwsgtrate? With organizational skills such as his, Mark Singer will have little trouble wraping up the seat.

Anonymous said...

MOST STATES ALLOW WRITE-IN VOTES FOR PRESIDENT. We need to cajole voters in these states to write in RON PAUL as PRESIDENT.


These are the communistic states that don't allow write-in voting: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota.

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