Even GOP Won’t Back This Woman’s Rants that Autism, Bad Weather Caused by Gay Rights
Even the Republican Party cannot stand for the hate-filled rhetoric of Susanne Altanus, an Illiniois-based GOP candidate running for Senate. Calling her words “offensive,” Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, issued a statement distancing the party from the candidate and calling for her to step down.
“Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately,” Dorgan said in a statement published in an Arlington Height’s newspaper. “She has no place on the ballot as a Republican.”
During the past weeks, Altanus has made a number of highly charged and bigoted statements blaming everything from the weather to autism on legal abortion laws and gay rights.
“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Altanus said in a debate with her primary opponent, David Earl Williams III during an endorsement session with the Daily Herald. “God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions.”
She continued by saying God is punishing the American people for supporting gay rights by inflicting people autism, dementia, AIDS and destroying communities with severe weather events. “We need to respect God…Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS.”
Altanus also stated to the paper that she considers herself pro-life and that, “abortions should not be used for birth control.”
Although never elected to public office on the Republican ticket, Altanus’ primary bid is her third attempt at public office in Illinois. In 2010 she lost the GOP Primary and in 2012 she failed to garner the required signatures to remain on the ballot.
With both a MBA and a Masters of Public Administration, Altanus has turned her latest campaign into a full-time job and claims that, despite her strong opinions on gay rights and abortion, her main concern is actually fighting for those who have lost out in the current economy.
“I’m upset with us having no economy for the 99 percent,” Altanus said, promising to clean-up Wall Street is elected to Congress. “The middle class has been robbed.”