|Campaign sign for Robert Ransdell, running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky/WLWT|
Remember this year's Fort Thomas Fourth of July parade? Remember the great turnout? The entertaining floats and performances? The city and national pride?
How about the guy waving a sign around, reading "With Jews We Lose in the U.S. Senate?"
That man, who was in no way affiliated with the parade, the July 4th festivities, or the city, was campaigning for Robert Ransdell, once coordinator for the Cincinnati unit of the pro-white organization National Alliance and now registered write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky currently held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
It is unknown whether the man shuffling along the Fort Thomas parade's sidelines was officially sanctioned by the Ransdell campaign.
Aside from the shockingly direct anti-semitism of his campaign's message, Ransdell has made clear that he has no expectations of winning said election. Instead, as WLWT reported late last night, the campaign is meant simply to spread his pro-white message.
"The purpose of this campaign," says a statement on a white power forum Stormfront.org, "is for it to serve as a medium for pro-White/White Nationalist ideals and principles."
Otherwise, there's not much on the internet about the campaign itself. As more typical campaigns do, Ransdell's does not have a website, or even a Facebook page devoted to promoting it. A Google search for "Robert Ransdell for US Senate" does, however, bring up an alarming number of links to white power forums.
Ransdell's strategy, instead, seems to be blanketing the state with signs like those pictured above, much to many residents' chagrin, according to the report, which quoted one Northern Kentucky woman calling Ransdell's campaign "complete ignorance and hate."
To boot, the report also mentioned that Ransdell's controversial signs might not be in complete accordance with Kentucky campaign laws, in that they do not provide the address of the individual or party financing the signs.
Frankly, one's right to free speech, etc., acknowledged, FTM and its staff are dumbfounded that this sort of hatred and bigotry still exists, let alone on the level of a national political campaign. Using a campaign for federal office as a soapbox for a hate-driven agenda, with no expressed purpose of holding or utilizing said office, is an abuse of the political system, and a waste of voters' time and attention. That it's a campaign being run in our home state is, put mildly, an embarrassment.
This is us shaking our heads at the Ransdell campaign.
On November 4th, aside from casting our votes in favor of one of Ransdell's opponents, we'll also be wishing the ballot included a way to more actively deny our votes to one candidate in particular.