* I’ve been telling you lately about conspiracy theorist Bill Fawell’s Republican congressional bid. Click here for a story from late May and click here for a story from Monday.
Tuesday press release…
Calling Republican candidate for Congress Bill Fawell, “a bizarre lunatic whose absurd beliefs are frighteningly dangerous for our communities,” Doug House, president of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association and Chair of the Rock Island County Democrats, is asking GOP leaders to immediately condemn and reject Fawell’s campaign.
Fawell’s social media posts show he is an unapologetic promoter of wildly far-fetched conspiracies such as the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York as a government-led tragedy. Fawell is also convinced that the 2012 mass shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School was a US-led “false flag” operation conducted by mysterious “deep state” organizers who, some claim, control a so-called shadow government. At the school, six teachers and 20 students, aged six and seven years old, were riddled with bullets in the massacre.
“Republican Bill Fawell has displayed dangerous, crazy indecency that isn’t reflective of our communities,” House said. “He promotes the belief that certain black celebrities are active in the Illuminati and that child trafficking operations are connected through tunnel systems under Washington, DC pizza shops. These demented ideas are ripped right from the pages of Alex Jones’ InfoWars, a dangerous alt-right propaganda machine. Rock Island Republicans should take the lead by withdrawing their support of Fawell and that others to do the same.”
Republican party officials are withdrawing support for 17th Congressional District candidate Bill Fawell after reviewing alleged conspiracy theories posted by Fawell on social media.
Fawell, 64, will face U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, in the November general election.
State Republican party chairman Tim Schneider, Rock Island County Republican party central committee chair Drue Mielke, and Republican state central committeeman for the 17th Congressional District, Jan Weber, removed their support of Fawell on Tuesday.
All three officials cite posts on Fawell’s campaign Facebook page, Elect Fawell, in which Fawell appears to support 9/11 conspiracy theories, and called some mass shootings “false flag” events.
* Meanwhile, in another congressional campaign…
LaGrange resident Justin Hanson is so incensed to see a Holocaust denier on the ballot that he’s decided to throw his hat in the ring as a write-in candidate for the 3rd Congressional District. “I’m running because I don’t believe men like Art Jones should be allowed to go unchallenged,” Hanson told POLITICO, arguing that “I’m running to give residents of this community a choice. Because as it stands now, they don’t have one.”
Hanson faces incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski, who’s represented the Chicago-area district since 2005, and Jones, a Nazi who ran unopposed in the primary when the GOP couldn’t come up with another candidate. Republicans have denounced Jones, and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz even urged residents to vote Democrat in the Chicago-area congressional district to avoid showing any kind of support to Jones’ Nazi views.
Because he’s joined the race too late to be included on the ballot, voters will have to write in Hanson’s name. “We know it will be a challenge, but this is an extraordinary circumstance and I think voters recognize that,” he said.
No reference is made in the story about whether the GOP will now back Hanson.