David Neiwert posted this today on Hate Watch. They talked about him before, but I don’t remember reading about him until I saw this.
As if Republicans didn’t have enough to be ashamed of already. To be fair through a lot of Republicans did oppose him, and do understand how unacceptable his racism is. However, the fact that Steve Smith was able to get elected in the first place, even if it was just by one vote is disturbing.
Steve Smith with Congressman Lou Barletta
Even though his fellow Republicans originally denounced him, Steve Smith has been unrepentant and unapologetic about his racial views in the two years since he was elected to a Republican county committee in Pennsylvania. Nowadays, some of those Republicans even pose for photos with him at fundraisers. [Updated with statement from Rep. Lou Barletta below.]
Smith, a former skinhead with a violent criminal record and past associations with neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations, was elected in May 2012 to a four-year term to the Luzerne County, Pa., Republican Party county committee, on what appears to have been a single write-in vote - his own. Republican officials initially attempted to have Smith removed from the position, but eventually gave up and let Smith remain.
Smith recently posted a note at Stormfront - the white supremacist website whose users are responsible for nearly one hundred murders - observing that he had been in office for two years and was becoming entrenched in his role. “Not only were they not successful in ousting me, I was appointed as an officer in my district in my first year!” he boasted.