White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee

From Think Progress:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/31/492796/white-supremacist-with-ties-to-neo-nazi-groups-elected-to-pennsylvania-county-gop-committee/

By Adam Peck
May 31, 2012

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.

The elections, which took place in late April, were certified by the committee two weeks ago, and Smith notified supporters of his victory last week by posting a message to the online forum White News Now.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented Smith’s participation with known skinhead organizations like Keystone State Skinheads, (now Keystone United) which he co-founded in 2001. And his racist activism extends far beyond violent rhetoric as well, into actual violence:

In March 2003, he and two other KSS members were arrested in Scranton for 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.

Smith is also an active member of local Tea Party groups, a network that he used to gain support for his bid for the committee seat. According to the SPLC, Smith referred to the Tea Party as “fertile grounds for our activists.”

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One Response to “White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee”

  1. Debbie Brady Says:

    You Know what they say about Pennsylvania. It is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between. Well I grew up on a dairy farm in the Alabama part. I remember in the 1950’s watching the KKK march down Gay Street in West Chester, the county seat, in their bed sheets. I get a kick out of the name of that street now. it was the main street in town, These people are still there though they have gone underground. the sentiment remains. The hillbillies and rednecks rule the rural parts of the State still, hopefully they are still outnumbered by the progressives in the City s. I left there for Colorado in 1973 and there is nothing there for me now and never was. The thugs in school made my life a living hell and I do not miss anything about that State.

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