Jim Russell: We ‘Nita’ New Face in Congress

Observed on the bike ride to Hawthorne station this morning: Not one but two signs advertising Jim Russell’s campaign for a seat in Congress.

The signs implore the good folks of central Westchester to vote for Russell in the June 26 Republican primary.

His website says the same (and, for the spelling sticklers out there, misspells our president’s name).

This is the election to Retire Nita Lowey. A career politician, Nita Lowey needs to retire and allow new ideas into office. We need to reduce the deficit and cease foreign aid to all countries. We are robbing our children’s bank account to pay for the massive debt.

It’s not like you’ve forgotten this, but it bears mentioning that Russell’s campaign two years ago imploded when it was revealed that the candidate felt parents were responsible for teaching their children the “appropriate ethnic boundaries” when it comes to people of color, among other divisive things.

His essay, published in the Occidental Quarterly a decade before, said, among other things:

* “(T.S.) Eliot described some conditions for an optimal society:  ‘The population should be homogeneous. . . . What is still more important is unity of religious background; and reasons of race and culture combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable. There must be a proper balance between urban and rural, industrial and agricultural development. And a spirit of excessive tolerance is to be deprecated.’”

When the firstorm hit in 2010, the Westchester GOP severed ties with Russell, “strongly condemning” his writings.

Two months ago, Russell was walking the Hawthorne station platform, gathering signatures.

Russell will apparently go it alone in 2012; this time around, the Westchester GOP has thrown its weight behind Joseph Carvin.

 

 

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