Joe Arpaio attended a news conference to support Maricopa County Attorney candidate Bill Montgomery, and some of Arpaio's supporters showed up to lend their support: J.T. Ready and his followers in the National Socialist Movement.
I know, they look like extras in a B movie, but I guess these guys take themselves seriously. That means I have to take them seriously as well, which scares the hell out of me.
Here's the story from azcentral's Political Insider blog. If you have a sec, read it all the way through. It just keeps getting better scarier.
Maricopa County Attorney candidate Bill Montgomery got a dose of un-wanted support when a handful of neo-Nazis showed up at Montgomery’s news conference Friday morning claiming they were there to back Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The members of the National Socialist Movement, decked out in riot gear and wearing rifles slung over their shoulders, said they were there to “support Sheriff Joe’s candidate for County Attorney,” according to ringleader J.T. Ready.
Montgomery was appalled at their presence and tried to get the men to leave.
Arpaio was at the news conference to voice his support for Montgomery.
Ready went on to say that, in addition to their political activity, the neo-Nazis came armed and prepared to fight “illegals”.
“We’re not going to stand idly by while we’re genocided (sic) off our country,” Ready said. “We’re being displaced.
Ready was once seen as a semi-legitimate political candidate in the east Valley, until he shot at someone holding a BB gun in 2006, derailing his candidacy for Mesa City Council.
Since then he’s become a fixture in a radical arm of the anti-illegal immigration movement that politicians try to shy away from.
But it doesn’t always work.
Sen. Russell Pearce was photographed with Ready and the picture was widely circulated last year.
The research director for the Southern Poverty Law Center last year cited the photo with Ready and Pearce, along with Arpaio speaking before a group called United for Sovereign America- which the center considers a Nativist extremist group- as signs that mainstream politicians associate with hate groups.
Montgomery was quick to try to distance himself from anything Ready is associated with.
“I reject that,” Montgomery said of the neo-Nazis support.