Remember how in the aftermath of the 2012 Presidential election blowout, Bobby Jindal stated that the Republican Party needed to “stop being the stupid party”? Well, it seems like not only has he not taken his own advice, but the GOP hasn’t either. Even though some of the most radical candidates like Paul Broun of Georgia (who thought evolution was a lie from the devil) got trounced in the primaries, others still remain. In addition to that, the Tea Party has begun pushing out district officials such as in Virginia’s 7th District where the District Chairman and Eric Cantor’s strong ally was pushed out in favor of Fred Gruber, a hardline Tea Party torch-bearer.
The Tea Party may have lost this battle, but ideologically extreme politicians are alive and well. Therefore, I now present to you the 5 most radical GOP candidates of 2014:
6. Niger Innis:
Niger Innis is a Tea Party-endorsed candidate facing off against Cresent Hardy on Saturday, May 24th in the GOP primary for Nevada’s 4th Congressional district. Innis referred to Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management as a “civil rights issue” although, to be fair, he did urge protestors to leave their guns at home. He’s also a National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality as well as on the NRA Membership Committee. Let’s just say this guy is all over the place with his ideas. Perhaps he’s not “radical” but he still makes this list just for the bizarre company he keeps.
5. Darrell Issa:
Yes, the one and only Darrell Issa who wastes taxpayer money and Congressional time on one pointless investigation after another. The #ArsonistInChief (as my friend James calls him) will likely be re-elected since Orange County, CA is very conservative and you know…BENGHAZI!!! While not one of the most ideologically extreme GOP candidates up for election, his radical waste of our tax dollars lands him on this list.
4. Gary Kiehne:
Gary Kiehne is running for Arizona’s 1st Congressional district and in a recent debate, he stated that not only did he own more guns than the other candidates, he also blamed Democrats for 99% of mass shootings. From Arizona Daily Star:
Asked how he would protect gun rights, Kiehne said he owns more guns and ammunition than the other candidates and said everyone should own a gun.
When it comes to mass shootings, “if you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” Kiehne said to an audience of about 60 people. “So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.”
Mr. Kiehne has since apologized for his statement but I’m guessing that since GOP primary candidates still seem to be in a contest to see who can outdo the other on the fringe, his apology was just for saying what he knew primary voters wanted to hear.
3. Clifton Johnson:
This guy touts himself as an non-traditional candidate but he’s more of the same rightwing fringe. Mr. Johnson is running for U.S. Senate in Nebraska and boy, does he have some interesting ideas.
Johnson also proposes closing the border with Mexico by putting eight U.S soldiers every mile along a thousand mile stretch. At the same time, he calls for “making legal immigration easier and more expedited, especially for those legally waiting in line.”
Johnson’s flyer calls for “dissolving the Internal Revenue Service” and repealing the 16th Amendment, which defines our current federal income tax. He would replace this with a consumption tax, usually defined as a tax on what people spend versus what they earn. (Source)
While abolishing the IRS and putting 8 soldiers per mile along the border with Mexico (I wonder where he came up with that exact number?) will play well to the angry Hoveround patriots, his proposals for making legal immigration easier and his alternative to Obamacare won’t fly too well with the “fuck you, I got mine” demographic. This guy’s chance of success is pretty much zero.
2. Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant Sr:
From the extremely conservative Florida county of Clay, we present the guy who believes that education testing standards (Common Core) is a plot to turn kids gay:
“These people, that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless it’s stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become a homosexual as they possibly can. … I’m sorry to report that to you and I thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak. I really hate to bring you that news. But you need to know,” said Van Zant. (Source)
A lot of people who haven’t lived in Florida often think of Orlando, Tampa and Miami but the rural areas are very, very conservative. Couple this with the conspiracy stories surrounding Common Core education standards and this is just par for the course.
1. Jody Hice:
There’s some crazy, wacky politicians out there and then there’s Jody Hice who gives Michele Bachmann a run for her money in the raving lunatic department. From Mother Jones:
In a 2012 book, that candidate—pastor and talk radio host Jody Hice—alleges the gay community has a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children. In It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, Hice also asserts that supporters of abortion rights are worse than Hitler and compares gay relationships to bestiality and incest. He proposes that Muslims be stripped of their First Amendment rights. (Source)
At the time of publication, these are all candidates still in the running and some have a chance of being elected/re-elected to office. Want to help stop that from happening? The solution is simple, get out the vote. Educate your friends and family and make sure you get to the polls for both the primaries and the general election.
And just in case you forgot, once again, here’s what’s at stake this coming November:
—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives
—33 seats in the U.S. Senate
—46 State Legislatures
—38 State and Territorial Governorships.
Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your local polling place is? If not, turn off the TV and put down your iPad. It’s time to get to work.
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