Never Too Extreme to Win a Republican Primary

Never Too Extreme to Win a Republican Primary March 24, 2014

Remember Suzanne Atanus, the far right candidate who was running in the Republican primary for the right to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowski? She’s the one who said God sends tornadoes, autism and various other bad things as punishment for gay people. She just won the primary.

A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God’s punishments for marriage equality and abortion access won the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in the Chicago-area 9th Congressional District.

Susanne Atanus, of Niles, Ill., garnered 54 percent of the vote in her Tuesday win over David Earl Williams III…

She blamed natural disasters and mental disorders on recent advances in LGBT equality and legal abortions.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military, it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

The lesson, as usual: You’re never too extreme to win a Republican primary these days. This is what the Tea Party hath wrought.


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