Now that Christian Reconstructionist, secessionist and neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka has won the Republican primary for the Anne Arundel County commission in Maryland, that state’s GOP is having to distance itself from him and his absolutely unhinged views.
Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has renounced Michael Peroutka because of his affiliation with an organization labeled as a hate group, a spokesman for Hogan’s campaign said Friday.
Hogan’s campaign distanced itself from the candidate for County Council in District 5 after an African-American group and Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, called on Republicans on Thursday to take a stance on Peroutka.
Joe Cluster, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, planned to meet with Peroutka Friday and ask him to clarify his affiliation with the League of the South….
While Cluster said his hope was that Peroutka “would disassociate himself from these groups,” Hogan’s campaign was blunter.
Adam Dubitsky, a spokesman for the Hogan campaign, said: “Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will.”
What good would it do if Peroutka were to now “disassociate himself” from the League of the South? He sat on their board for a very long time and he’s defended their positions for decades. It would be an empty gesture that no one could take seriously. And it isn’t just his associations that matter, it’s his actual positions, which are so far out on the fringe that they would scare even the Christian right.