Luzerne County Republican Party Chairman Terry Casey characterized Steve Smith as a "skinhead" and "white supremacist", and called Smith's viewpoints “despicable”. But he explained that the organization must investigate its options before making any decisions regarding whether or not Smith can maintain his seat. Although Casey said that the kneejerk reaction is to throw him out, the party has bylaws which it must follow. He said none of the members of party’s county executive committee agree with what he stands for, but there’s a line between personal feelings and the laws and rules. Casey added that they are being very careful with how they proceed legally in order to avoid a lawsuit. Note: This story has now gone international with a Daily Mail report.
But from the detailed statement issued by the Luzerne County GOP on June 4th, it appears they are more embarrassed at Democratic Party reaction than anything else. The Democrats have been making hay over the issue, and on May 31st, the hardline progressive website Think Progress published a hit piece that Republicans claim reeks of inaccuracies. Specifically, the Republican brain trust rebuts the claim of Tea Party involvement by Smith, writing that "Smith has been banned from the NEPA Tea Party Facebook page and has not been welcome at their meetings". The Republicans groveled their appreciation to the Anti-Defamation League for "unmasking" Smith.
Not surprisingly, there is a Jewish politico in the mix. Aaron Kaufer, who is described as a proud Republican and a proud Jew, is reportedly "boiling mad" over the election of Smith. Kaufer is the party’s nominee for the 120th State House seat, currently held by Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Kingston).
The election was actually held on April 24th. Steve Smith was one of two candidates for the 4th Ward, and he received one write-in vote. His election was certified on May 11th, 2012, and White civil rights activists on Stormfront and White News Now celebrated his success. The European American Action Coalition also interviewed him. Smith is a former director of Keystone United, once known as the Keystone State Skinheads, and is the Pennsylvania state chairman for the American Third Position Party. He's also a member of the New Jersey And Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens.
According to the Daily Mail, Steve Smith ran for the party post to help get Republicans elected and will fight any attempt to get him booted from the committee. He also rejected the white supremacist label, explaining that supremacists want to rule over other races, and he doesn't wish to do that. He said he advocates on behalf of the White community much like the NAACP advocates on behalf of Blacks or La Raza advocates on behalf of Hispanics. He asked reporters to name one majority Black or Hispanic neighborhood or school district that they would want to move their kids to.
We cannot allow any attempt to deprive Smith of his rightful victory to be swept under the rug.