Republicans in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania have elected Steve Smith, a lifelong white supremacist
with close ties to neo-Nazi
groups and groups like Aryan Nations
, to the county’s GOP Committee.
In March 2003, he and two other KSS members were arrested in Scranton for beating up Antoni Williams, a black man, using stones and chunks of pavement. Smith pleaded guilty to terrorist
threats and ethnic intimidation and received a 60-day sentence and probation.
Smith is also an active member of local Tea Party
groups, a network that he used to gain support for his bid for the committee seat. According to the SPLC, Smith referred to the Tea Party
as “fertile grounds for our activists.