WASHINGTON -- Rep. Raúl Grijalva's GOP opponent, Ruth McClung, is being promoted for Congress by a former Washington Times editor and conservative blogger who has a history of promoting hate speech and skepticism about interracial marriage.
Robert Stacy McCain, who edited the Washington Times cultural page and reported for the paper from 1997 until his 2008 departure, has been promoting McClung's candidacy on his Web site with posts such as "Go, Rocket Girl, Go!" -- a reference to McClung's employment at Raytheon. McCain is well-known for extremist positions on integration, immigration and diversity, including a statement for the Web site "Reclaiming the South" opposing interracial marriage, of which he says:
“[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion. The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us.”
In another post, McCain wrote against the civil rights work of Rev. Jesse Jackson:
“If rules were to be broken merely because they were work of white folks, then hasn’t Jackson gone a long way toward explaining the explosion of black criminality that began in the 1960s? This shows how the civil rights movement, to a great extent, represented a direct assault on tradition and law.”
McCain was a long-time member of the neo-Confederate League of the South, a group whose president has called President Obama "a domestic terrorist." McCain himself has posted extensively to known white nationalist Web sites, including American Renaissance and Overthrow.com.
“The public needs to know why a known racist is promoting Ruth McClung's candidacy and how she feels about his support,” said Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jeff Rogers. “No amount of spin can hide Mr. McCain's political and social views, nor the fact that he aggressively promotes and raises funds for Mrs. McClung's campaign.”
- adapted from PCDP