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October 22, 2003
Just when you thought it was safe ...

Showing the wit and intelligence long associated with the white-supremacist movement, Richard Butler, the Aryan Nations founder, is running for mayor in Hayden , Idaho, where the organization used to have a large facility until they lost a $6 million lawsuit:

"I'm not really anxious to become mayor," Butler, 85, said recently. ... Butler said his campaign is intended to restore Christian ideals, especially the Ten Commandments, to public life. But in truth, Butler admitted, Hayden is "running pretty well."

Okay, Dick ... can I call you Dick? ... You don't want to become mayor, and Hayden's running all right without you at the helm, but you're running for mayor anyway. Do I have that right? Hmmm ... kind of plays hell with that whole "superior race" thing, doesn't it?

White supremacists have not had good luck running for office in northern Idaho. Several years ago, Butler supporter Vincent Bertollini ran for mayor of the nearby resort town of Sandpoint. Bertollini got just 30 votes. Shortly after the election, he skipped town to escape a drunken driving charge.

How surprising! Anyway, human-rights advocates plan a get-out-the-vote campaign in Hayden (population 9,000) to defeat Butler's mayoral bid.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 22, 2003 5:35 AM

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