WTF Illinois? The Republican House Candidate Who Said Autism and Tornadoes Were the Result of God’s Anger Over Gay Marriage Just Won Her Primary
Primary voters handed a narrow victory to Susanne Atanus, a GOP candidate who blames autism, dementia, and tornadoes on abortion and same-sex marriage.
Atanus was one of two Republicans lining up to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for her seat representing the 9th District of Illinois, but during the lead up to the primary vote, Atanus let out a spew of verbal diarrhea, that prompted the state’s Republican Party to sever ties with the 55-year-old candidate.
“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus told the Daily Herald.
“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” Atanus continued, adding that diseases such as autism and dementia are punishment for legalized abortion and gay rights.
“Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”
After her controversial comments, not even Illinois Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan wanted to be associated with her. He urged her to drop out of the race, but Atanus ignored the party leader’s call for her withdrawal, and ended up winning the primary race without the backing of the Illinois Republican Party. How???
Well, at least the race was tight. Her primary opponent, Republican David Earl Williams III, received 12,012 votes compared to Atanus’ 12,447 votes. 30-year-old Williams wasn’t exactly a dream candidate either. He’s currently fighting a judge’s order to attend anger management classes and undergo a mental health assessment following a domestic violence dispute.
Considering a Republican hasn’t won the 9th district in over 60 years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky probably doesn’t care one way or another who won. But I suppose it will be nice to win with 70% of the vote against this crazy woman instead of only getting 60% against a slightly more reasonable candidate/domestic abuser – takes a bit of the pressure off.