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Far Right Wins in Florida, Loses in Indiana

By David Holthouse on May 21, 2008 - 2:55 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

Every election season brings a new crop of political hopefuls from the radical right. So far this year, their win-loss record is a respectable 1-1.

Black voters in Lake Wales, Fla., are claiming they were “snookered” into voting for John Paul Rogers, the former Florida grand dragon, or state leader, of the United Klans of America (UKA), who was sworn in as Lake Wales city commissioner May 6. “We were caught asleep at the switch on this thing,” black civic leader Clinton Horne told The Ledger, a regional daily paper.

Though he refused to answer any questions from The Ledger concerning his past Klan activities, Rogers pledged to treat blacks fairly. “I don’t let my personal views interfere with the basics,” he said.

Rogers, 66, told Florida law enforcement investigators in 2005 that he joined the Klan in 1963 or 1964, rising to become the Florida state leader of the UKA, a post he occupied until 1988. That year, the Southern Poverty Law Center bankrupted the group by winning a $7 million judgment for the family of Michael Donald, a 19-year-old black man who was murdered by Klansmen in 1981. The UKA disbanded as a result.

It’s not clear what Rogers’ current racial attitudes are. A few years ago, the former Klan chieftain served as the campaign manager for Booker Young — a black civic activist — in Young’s unsuccessful bid for city commissioner. This year, Young returned the favor by campaigning door-to-door with Rogers in northwest Lake Wales, which is predominantly black.

Tony ZirkleLess surprising were the results of the May 6 Republican primary in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, in which Crown Point, Ind., lawyer Tony Zirkle (right,speaking) finished a distant third with 16% of the vote after openly pandering to uniformed neo-Nazis.

Zirkle was a special guest speaker at an April 20 birthday party for Adolf Hitler hosted in Chicago by the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), a particularly guttural hate group led by neo-Nazi threatmaker Bill White. Despite the presence of large swastika banners, a looming portrait of Hitler, and uniformed neo-Nazis with swastika armbands at the the small table from which he delivered his speech, Zirkle told the Michigan City (Ind.) News-Dispatch that he didn’t know the party was necessarily a neo-Nazi gathering. Swastika flags and brown shirts notwithstanding, the Indiana lawyer claimed with a straight face that he didn’t “know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it.”

Zirkle, who pledged to slay what he calls “The Great Porn Dragon” if elected, also claimed he’d been invited to talk to the audience of uniformed neo-Nazis about the effects of pornography and prostitution on young white women and girls. ANSWP, he explained, “was interested in the targeting of white people for prostitution” and agreed with him that trafficking of “young white women should be stopped.” Speaking to ANSWP, he added, was “just a great opportunity for me to witness,” a reference to what he described as his “Christian” beliefs. Added the eager-to-please Zirkle not long before his loss: “If the Black Panthers or the Jewish Zionists want me to speak about these issues, I’ll do it.” His offer was left on the table.

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  • Jimbo

    Ja! Der (or is that the ‘feminine’?) Scwartz ist zer gut!
    Even the NAZI’s – and Duke – like him!

  • Hubert Becjer

    Many of us made a choice to vote for him based on his service to the community and his demonstrated willingness to listen to our problems. So despite the comments of Mr Horne we were not snookered.

  • 88`s Jeno-side

    And speaking of White supremacists and Politics. More and more well known White Supremacists such as David Duke for example are now supporting Barak Obama. Some members of the KKK in the U.S. are also supporting Barak.
    These rumors are spread all over the net. However, David Duke was actually interviewed to confirm this rumor so to speak……

  • Jimbo

    Jimbo says some more.
    What, exactly, is wrong with my referencing the FREAKING HISTORY CHANNEL, K.K.K.Karl???
    The people at the ZDF have more to loose by hiding the TRUTH than anyone – have you ever seen the sections of Berlin that they left unrepaired after we bombed them into submission – I have.
    You are a freaking NAZI Osama Bin Laden, K.K.Karl; admit it, you HATE the truth as much as you do other peoples freedom.

  • Crossbow II

    Many Neo-Nazis/White Supremacists are perverts, pedo-saxons and homos. And I wondered if they picked up this trait from Hitler himself?

    One poster from the said its normal for them to jerk off to kiddie porn.

    Kevin Strom was one of them. With his unusual obsessions with the Olsen Twins and other child stars.

    Bill White has got some sickos working for him.

  • Carl B

    “Jimbo said,
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 2:37 pm
    Wow! I wonder if the ‘Great Porn Dragon Slayer’ knows that Hitler was a ‘Golden Shower’ Fan (he liked to be peeed on by pretty young Frauleins)?
    In fact, according to The History Channels German Counterpart (ZDF), he may have even KILLED several young women with his Luger – to shut them up.”

    I’m no fan of Hitler, but the crude valgarity and lack of intelligent comments by the advocates of this site are just as bad as what the Brown Shirts and rabid Stalinists were about.

    They offer a brand of hate and fanatacism that is exactly like that which they hysterically rale against to the exclusion of everything else.

    Never have I seen a post on here where an intelligent rebuttal or comment, laying out the facts to support a view, is given. It’s always an incoherent rant by a mouth-frothing true believer who denigrates another true believer who he deems is his polar opposite.

    The SPLC is responsible for these neo-Nazis on the left, because they are so biased and one-sided they encourage radicals more so than the far right. By doing this they’re telling the world that their brand of fanatacism is better than those they opose.

    But it’s not. It’s even worse.

  • Jimbo

    Wow! I wonder if the ‘Great Porn Dragon Slayer’ knows that Hitler was a ‘Golden Shower’ Fan (he liked to be peeed on by pretty young Frauleins)?
    In fact, according to The History Channels German Counterpart (ZDF), he may have even KILLED several young women with his Luger – to shut them up. The ‘Party’ then covered his butt by saying that they’d sucided because they, “Were distraught by the fact that they could never have ‘The Great Father’ all to themselves;’ as he belonged to The Motherland Alone (choke, puke) – and so they killed themselves.”
    Bullshit by any other name…………