Republican congressional candidates include indicted criminals, Russian stooges, anti-education zealots, anti-environment zealots, anti-women’s rights zealots, and Nazis

Several Republican incumbents and nominees in the United States Congress are currently running neck and neck with their Democratic opponents. While this alone would not be news, several of these Republican incumbents and nominees have displayed traits that should normally disqualify them from holding any public office, much less be involved in a close race.

Chris Collins is a Republican Congressman from New York. Chris Collins is currently under indictment for insider trading.

NY Times: New York Congressman Chris Collins Is Charged With Insider Trading

In a dramatic scene described in court papers, Mr. Collins, 68, was attending the clubby annual picnic at the White House on June 22, 2017, when he received an email from the company’s chief executive, Simon Wilkinson, saying there was “extremely bad news to report”: Innate Immunotherapeutics’s all-important clinical test for its new drug, MIS416, had failed.

Fifteen minutes later, still at the picnic, Mr. Collins answered Mr. Wilkinson, prosecutors said. “Wow. Makes no sense. How are these results even possible???” he wrote. Over the next five minutes, phone records included in the indictment show, Mr. Collins called his son, missing him six times before they had a brief conversation. Prosecutors claim that in that conversation he told his son about the unsuccessful drug trial.

The following morning, the indictment said, Cameron Collins placed an online order with his brokerage firm, selling more than 16,500 shares of Innate Immunotherapeutics stock. Over the next few days, Mr. Collins, 25, placed 53 more sell orders and passed the tip to others, including his fiancée, Lauren Zarsky, and Ms. Zarsky’s father, Stephen Zarsky, 66.

Glenn Grothman is a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin. Glen Grothman thinks preschool and university funding are wastes of money.

Politifact: Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman says recent research shows that the benefits of 4-year-old kindergarten don’t last

He believes school districts use 4-K to pad their budgets with additional state aid and that the programs are a pet project of the teachers’ unions. He urged Republican Gov. Scott Walker to “immediately announce he will not provide any more money for four-year-old kindergarten.”

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Grothman also argued that first-year students should be barred from receiving Pell Grants to make sure the federal government is not “wasting money” on those who don’t graduate. And he suggested that low-income recipients are spending the grant aid on “goodies and electronics.” Those students could pay for college by taking out loans, he said.

Mark Harris is a Republican Congressional Nominee from North Carolina. Mark Harris thinks women shouldn’t work outside of the home.

Charlotte Observer: Paging Mark Harris; it’s the 21st century

He lauded a passage from Titus saying older women should teach younger women to be “homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands.”

“What is at the core of what you were created to be? A supporter, a nurturer, a caregiver. Ladies, listen, that’s your essential calling by God.”

Duncan Hunter is a Republican Congressman from California. Duncan Hunter is currently under indictment for campaign finance fraud after he and his wife spent hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars on personal expenses.

NY Times: The Indictment of Duncan Hunter, Explained

Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were indicted on Tuesday, accused of spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses — including a vacation to Italy, family dental bills and plane tickets for a pet — and then lying to the Federal Election Commission.

Arthur Jones is a Republican Congressional Nominee from Illinois. Arthur Jones is a Nazi.

Wikipedia: Arthur J Jones

Jones was a member of the National Socialist White People’s Party for eight years[12] and describes himself as a former leader of the American Nazi Party, the NSWPP’s former name.[1] He has also been a member of the Populist Party, a far-right political party active in the 1980s and 1990s.[13]

Jones is a Holocaust denier.[14][9] His 2018 candidate website calls the Holocaust a “racket.” He has claimed that the Holocaust was “the biggest, blackest lie in history”[4] and “nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews.”[15][13] Jones does not support interracial marriage or integration in public schools.[4] In 1993, Jones was filmed in a fight with Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Jr. on The Jerry Springer Show.[16]

Mike Kelly is a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania. Mike Kelly thinks the Environmental Protection Agency is a terrorist organization.

Think Progress: Congressman Compares EPA’s New Climate Rule To Terrorism

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) had choice worlds for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on power plant emissions Monday, moving beyond the usual “war on coal” language and likening the proposed regulations to an act of terrorism.

Kelly delivered his remarks at an event at the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that opposes the new rule.

“You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways,” he said. “But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great — and you keep them on the sidelines — my goodness, what have we become?”

Steve King is a Republican Congressman from Iowa. Steve King visits with Nazis in Austria.

Mother Jones: Rep. Steve King Met With a Group Founded by a Nazi—While on a Holocaust Memorial Trip

The Republican congressman had been on a five-day trip to Poland funded by From the Depths, a group that educates people about the Holocaust, before visiting Vienna and giving an interview to Unzensuriert, a website associated with Austria’s Freedom Party. The party was founded by a former Nazi SS officer.

Dana Rohrabacher is a Republican Congressman from California. Dana Rohrabacher is so in bed with Russia, his colleagues think he is on their payroll.

Daily Beast: GOP Lawmaker Got Direction From Moscow, Took It Back to D.C.

During Royce’s hearing, Rohrabacher approvingly compared Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin. The congressman also submitted, for the congressional record, testimony that claimed Russia had not been behind the radioactive poisoning of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Rohrabacher, Behrends, Akhmetshin, Veselnitskaya, and Matlock had dinner together later that night at the Capitol Hill Club, a private members’ establishment for Republicans. The evening was organized by Lanny Wiles, a veteran GOP operative.

The following day, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on tape telling Republican colleagues: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” When some of the lawmakers laughed, he replied: “Swear to God.”

Are these they type of people who will make America great again?

 

 

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