Illinois governor calls for neo-Nazi congressional candidate to drop out of race

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Arthur Jones is a former leader of the American Nazi Party running for a congressional seat in Illinois.(Jeffrey Guterman/Twitter)

(JTA) — The governor of Illinois has called on a neo-Nazi candidate for a Chicago-area congressional seat to drop out of the race.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, denounced Arthur Jones, also a Republican and a former leader of the American Nazi Party, but declined to endorse the opposing Democratic candidate.

His response differed from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential candidate, who in a tweet Friday called on Illinois voters to “write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat” running against Jones.

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Rauner said Tuesday that the Illinois GOP and the national Republican Party did everything they could to get Jones off the ballot, for which he ran uncontested.

“I called [on] him to get out and he should be out, and we should have somebody run against him,” Rauner said during a stop in central Illinois, according to Politico. “There is no room, as I said right immediately when he snuck on there, there is no room in our politics for a person like that.”

Illinois Republicans have also said they will work to draft a write-in candidate in the November election for the state’s predominately Democratic 3rd Congressional District, Politico reported. Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski has served the district for nearly a decade.

In his  tweet, Cruz said: “This is horrific. An avowed Nazi running for Congress. To the good people of Illinois, you have two reasonable choices: write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat. This bigoted fool should receive ZERO votes.”

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