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Maryland GOP Running From Peroutka

Now that Christian Reconstructionist, secessionist and neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka has won the Republican primary for the Anne Arundel County commission in Maryland, that state’s GOP is having to distance itself from him and his absolutely unhinged views.

Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has renounced Michael Peroutka because of his affiliation with an organization labeled as a hate group, a spokesman for Hogan’s campaign said Friday.

Hogan’s campaign distanced itself from the candidate for County Council in District 5 after an African-American group and Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, called on Republicans on Thursday to take a stance on Peroutka.

Joe Cluster, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, planned to meet with Peroutka Friday and ask him to clarify his affiliation with the League of the South….

While Cluster said his hope was that Peroutka “would disassociate himself from these groups,” Hogan’s campaign was blunter.

Adam Dubitsky, a spokesman for the Hogan campaign, said: “Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will.”

What good would it do if Peroutka were to now “disassociate himself” from the League of the South? He sat on their board for a very long time and he’s defended their positions for decades. It would be an empty gesture that no one could take seriously. And it isn’t just his associations that matter, it’s his actual positions, which are so far out on the fringe that they would scare even the Christian right.

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  1. raven says

    ….that state’s GOP is having to distance itself from him and his absolutely unhinged views.

    They say it but they don’t mean it.

    If elected, he is a warm body and a vote.

    All they care about is their power and money.

    …which are so far out on the fringe that they would scare even the Christian right.

    I don’t see why. They would love a theocracy with them in charge. Daily stonings, witch hunts, crusades, heretic trials, slave markets. Their New Endarkment would be their dream come true.

  2. Chris J says

    @Raven:

    I don’t see why. They would love a theocracy with them in charge. Daily stonings, witch hunts, crusades, heretic trials, slave markets. Their New Endarkment would be their dream come true.

    Well, you aren’t supposed to say it out loud…

  3. Loqi says

    And it isn’t just his associations that matter, it’s his actual positions, which are so far out on the fringe that they would scare even the Christian right.

    That’s not saying much. The Christian right is the most easily scared group around. They’re terrified of pretty much everything. A non-binding resolution to care about urban development? Countless gallons of ink are wasted documenting the abject terror they feel. Executive order saying the government will not contract with companies that discriminate against gays? A collective fevered nightmare develops about trans FBI agents kicking in their doors. They’re afraid of vaginas for crying out loud. On the list of things of which one ought be afraid, vaginas come in just below cotton balls. They’re pretty much harmless. I’ve even seen videos on the internet of people walking right up to one and petting it (among other things). I’d tell the Christian right where they can go to find such videos, but they’re afraid of that too.

  4. coffeehound says

    Adam Dubitsky, a spokesman for the Hogan campaign, said: “Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will.”

    To say that with a straight face you have to ignore the latter half of the 20th century, but whatever….

  5. eric says

    I don’t see why. They would love a theocracy with them in charge. Daily stonings, witch hunts, crusades, heretic trials, slave markets. Their New Endarkment would be their dream come true.

    Here’s my completly layman and uncited thoughts on the matter:

    The federal government used to be a lot more tolerant of sects and communities setting up their own systems, at first because they didn’t have the resources to police them (1800s), and then because they thought they generally didn’t do much harm (1900s). That mostly ended in the ’70s, with Jim Jones and Charles Manson providing extremely public and politically unignorable examples that such self-governing communes had to be policed, else real harm to either members or outsiders or both would occur. But I sometimes think that our general political body would be a lot less religious and theocratic if we had not cracked down so hard on these sorts of communities. Your average young adult or even middle aged american in 2014 simply doesn’t have any direct experience of just how bad these religious-based communities can get. When we did, the mainstream political community could never support them. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as it were: without the object lessons in front of us, we forget the warts.

  6. says

    Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has renounced Michael Peroutka because of his affiliation with an organization labeled as a hate group, a spokesman for Hogan’s campaign said Friday.

    But isn’t Hogan also affiliated with the Republican Party?

  7. cottonnero says

    dugglebogey: Sure it is. The Mason-Dixon line divides Maryland and Pennsylvania.

  8. says

    I don’t see why. They would love a theocracy with them in charge. Daily stonings, witch hunts, crusades, heretic trials, slave markets. Their New Endarkment would be their dream come true.

    I doubt that’s true. I strongly suspect that a large majority who say they want theocracy really only like the sanitized idea of theocracy — one where everyone is willingly saved and the punitive side of the equation is reserved only for the most reprobate of those in society.

    They would deny that it would ever end up in any way similar to the Taliban or ISIS regimes.

  9. anubisprime says

    After the last century of diminishing influence and power and the fact there are folk in the public eye that actively ridicule or at least cast severe doubts on their delusions most of the committed, who incidentally would be the most frightened and philosophically challenged of the jeebus legions (which pretty much makes them the majority of the jeebus sunbeams by some way), would make noises in the direction of a fully enthused theocracy and would support it.

    They would of course deny it was in any way similar to the Taliban or ISIS regimes for sure, but the rank and file would require ‘demonstrations’ that their long awaited and furiously touted wet dream was indeed a fact…a few ritual burnings, hangings, floggings, in the town square would not be out of the question.

    In other words ‘give them bread and circuses’ a salutary sentiment purloined by successive governments in perpetuity.

    And nothing soothes a nervous and pompous mob like a bit of ritual sacrifice, that little ruse has worked in a religious context for well over 2000 yrs, it stops awkward questions and cements the movers and shakers in the populace as folks not to piss off!….yea!…Matty Hopkins rides again!

    If given the opportunity there is little doubt that Raven would be proven correct, rabid fundy xtians cannot control their innermost base desires of righteousness, it is what they do. and it is what they want, they even lie, cheat and steal to get it, worse addiction going on planet Earth.

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