Ken Blackwell's Campaign Tour With Larry Pratt
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Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:29:46 PM EST
The Akron Beacon-Journal's coverage of GOP gubenatorial candidate Ken Blackwell's planned campaign tour with Larry Pratt raises the profile of questions concerning Blackwell's possible connection to Christian Reconstructionist ideology, his alleged ties to the Council For National Policy, and his real association with Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners Of America (Gun Owners Of America has its own radio show, and you can listen, via RealPlayer, to a recent show featuring Pratt talking up and making a donations pitch for Ken Blackwell's Gubenatorial campaign). Blackwell's very public embrace of a public figure, Pratt, who was considered little more than a decade ago to be politically radioactive is notable.
Larry Pratt ( link to short Southern Poverty Law Center writeup ) - with whom Ken Blackwell is launching the three day Ohio bus campaign tour that reports will culminate "with a "Cowboy Shoot" at the Tusco Rifle Club on Midvale Mine Road in Dennison, a little town in Tuscarawas County" - has a history of association with White Supremacist, militia, and Christian Identity groups ( see bio, "militia man", approx. 1/2 way down page ). Pratt has appeared at a number of rallies held by such groups ( link to detailed report from Rick Ross on a 1992 rally Pratt spoke at ) and, indeed, is credited as being a key figure in inspiring the rise of the militia movement, during the 1990's. Larry Pratt's Gun Owners Of America organization has given money to a white supremacist attorney's group and Pratt also has served as a contributing editor for a newsletter put out by the antisemitic group "United Sovereigns Of America"

Is Larry Pratt a racist or an antisemite ? There appear to be no statements on record that would directly indicate he holds such views, and his wife ( with whom he has had several children ) is, as the Akron Beacon Journal notes, a central American native.

Pratt, however, has previously been considered so far out on the political fringe that direct political association with him has in the past proved scandalous even for politicians considered to be on the far right such as Pat Buchanan and John Ashcroft. Pratt stepped down from his role as co-chairman of Buchanan's 1996 Presidential Campaign bid when media reports called attention to Pratt's past associations with White Supremacist and militia groups. As Pratt explained in defense of his associations with such groups, "We don't prioritize allies, we prioritize positions, and we're willing to go anywhere and work with anyone for our issues." But, those ties nonetheless were still toxic enough in 2001 to produce another minor scandal in the form of a January 11, 2001 Time Magazine story on a 1998 letter from John Ashcroft to Pratt with the following headline ( main title in bold ) : "John Ashcroft's Dubious Pen Pal: Three years ago, attorney general nominee John Ashcroft wrote a friendly note to the leader of an extremist gun-owners organization who is linked to racist groups."

If you hadn't beat me to it, I'd have posted this myself--this is Big News, seriously.  (As it is, I'll be posting Monday on DailyKos re racist connections with dominionist groups and will be including this as well.)

by dogemperor on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:35:24 PM EST
I'm not sure this story will get the media play it really deserves due to the magnitude of the Foley scandal, but we'll see.  

by Bruce Wilson on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:46:06 PM EST

Strickland has had my vote all along, this just confirms what I've suspected about Ken Blackwell's dominionist/theocratic leanings.

by khughes1963 on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 07:19:22 PM EST

Saw this on a few days ago...

Still- thanks for the extra info.

Fortunately- Strickland still has a double-digit lead in the polls...

by AberrantEquation on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 02:12:22 AM EST
Plunderbund was one of the few that noticed this story early on, but the site also called Larry Pratt a "white supremacist" : the facts don't justify that characterization.

by Bruce Wilson on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 09:22:04 AM EST

larry pratt was a drag on kris kobach's failed congressional campaign in 04. check out leonard zeskind's piece on it:
we need to get this into the ohio press.

by Max Blumenthal on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 07:46:53 PM EST

Interesting that Ken Blackwell, while running for Governor, has yet to hold any public appearances.  We have, however,  seen and heard him at Ohio Restoration and Reformation Ohio rallies . . .seen him holding up his bible, in front of  of the American flag, cross super-imposed upon it,  declaring Jesus Christ to be his King . . . showing an MTV quality rap video, ( O6k7YcCFUTTJAod2mr3BQwords) The lyrics, originally penned by Dr. Shadrach Lockridge, appear in Tim LaHaye's Left Behind end-times series, in his final book Glorious Appearing, (words originally penned by Dr. Shadrach Meshach Lockridge)

And now this stealth bus tour with Larry Pratt , though not entirely ignored by Ohio press, is little noted as is so much else around here.

Folks, this is a highly organized, well-funded 35+ year movement which so far has been largely dismissed in the mainstream media as fringe.  Sad to say, fringe it is not.  Yet, few in these parts know of Rod Parsley, Russell Johnson and the power they wield in Ohio politics.  They remain unaware of how successfully they have been in courting the desparate masses.

As Russell Johnson, of The Ohio Restoration Project is fond of saying, "As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation . . . "

by Darwin on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 09:07:34 PM EST

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