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GOP Wants Candidate Who Blamed Autism on God’s Wrath for Same-Sex Marriage Out of Race

Illinois Republicans are snubbing congressional candidate Susan Atanus. The surprise victor in the GOP primary race, Atanus was not even mentioned at a recent post-primary meet-up of Illinois Republican leaders.

During a recent unity breakfast held in Des Plaines, state and local GOP leaders met to pat themselves on the back for their primary victories and plan for the general election ahead.

“Primaries are tough but in the end we come together,” Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner told the Republican faithful,  encouraging the GOP to support one another.

In the morning of speeches and handshakes, however, one primary winner was noticeable absent-Susan Atanus.

Atanus rose to infamy during her primary bid when she declared both natural disasters and autism were a result of God’s wrath over same-sex marriage. “God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” the candidate said in January, sparking a stream of controversy.

Her bigoted rants and caustic statements proved too much even for a conservative party that regularly runs on God-talk and anti-gay marriage platforms and the GOP promptly distanced themselves from Atanus and asked 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,” state party chair Jack Dorgan said. Local Chicago chair Adam Robinson added that “Atanus is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time.”

Ultimately, instead of backing down, Atanus won her primary bid.

Now, the GOP has a problem of what to do with a candidate that few within the party leadership want to support and who as made it clear she will not easily go away.

Undeterred by her own party’s snub, Atanus insists she is the candidate to beat  and she wants to use her campaign stump to fight for the 99%. “The main issue is the 99% do well,” she said after her primary win. “I want prosperity and peace for all through publicly traded companies. I’m running because the 1% is getting 76% of the profits and it’s not right.”

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