Racist Daisy-Chain

So look who's got a neo-Nazi in the woodpile: the Maricopa County Republican Party. This plumed penman first sniffed a whiff of National Socialism in local GOP ranks when The Bird was forwarded an e-mail signed by the Ernst Roehm of the East Valley, J.T. Ready, in which the turd-Reicher mentioned he's a Republican Precinct Committeeman.

Could the party of Abe Lincoln have sunk so low, locally, wondered this warbler?

Ready's the same twice-court-martialed ex-Marine who was recently in Omaha, Nebraska, for a brownshirt rally, as online photo galleries of the event have shown. Ready even received kudos from National Socialist Movement Commander Jeff Schoep, who cited "JT Ready/Arizona Republican activist" as a guest blowhard.

It ain't the first such shindig Ready's attended. In 2006, Ready graced the neo-Nazi National Vanguard's Winterfest event in the PHX, reportedly clad in a Scottish kilt. And sources have peeped to this tweeter of Ready's participation in nighttime pagan/neo-Nazi drinking parties, called blots (pronounced "bloats"), where Ready's guzzled mead while sporting a Viking helmet.

Sounds ridiculous, but the ridiculousness turns troubling once you know Ready's armed and potentially dangerous. When DPS stopped Ready's black Chevy Impala in April for displaying a fictitious plate, he was strapped with a 9mm Beretta. Ready was arrested, his car was impounded, and he was charged with illegally possessing a traffic preemption emitter, a device that can change red lights to green. Officers also found white-power literature in the vehicle.

Ready goes by the handle "Viking Son" on his Web page at NSM's, "an online community for whites, by whites." His profile is filled with photos of himself at nativist demos. There's one of him in Omaha, stuffed into a suit, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with swastika-bearers.

The blog on Ready's NewSaxon page is regularly updated with anti-Semitic screeds and discussions of weaponry and tactics for the "upcoming Race War." In one rant, Ready claims Jews have "a rat-like appearence" [sic], and "hooked" noses "shaped like the number 6."

In another post, he spews, "The jew is the most vile parasite ever to infest this planet. All the cancer ever to exist . . . is far less to loathe than the evil of the average living jew."

This avian first thought Ready was lying about being a precinct committeeman, one of the, um, storm troopers of the two-party system. The unpaid position can be appointed or elected, and PCs usually help their party get out the vote. Ready's fibbed about his résumé in the past, specifically in regard to his criminal and military history. This, while running for the Mesa City Council in 2006.

A call to campaign finance director Kristi Passarelli at Maricopa County Elections confirmed Ready was telling the truth about his PC-ship. Passarelli informed this pelican that Ready was elected in 2006 from precinct 529, also known as Mesa 67. There were two slots open for Republicans, but Ready was the only one on the ballot in that primary. He received 36 votes.

County Republican Party Chairman Lyle Tuttle was too busy playing golf to return The Bird's call. But Sean McCaffrey, executive director of the state GOP told the Taloned One the party was unaware of Ready's Republican position. He vowed Ready will be asked to step down. If Ready refuses, the party will field candidates for his PC-ship in '08, when Ready's term's up, to make sure Ready's not re-elected.

"People that campaign on hate and people that campaign on fear, well, that eliminates neo-Nazis and Democrats from the Republican Party," McCaffrey informed this egret.

Cute comparison, Sean. But local Dems aren't the ones with an Adolf Hitler-lover in-house.

Nor does McCaffrey's cheap shot explain why the Arizona GOP didn't try to stop Ready from becoming a precinct committeeman in '06. McCaffrey's excuse was that he'd just arrived in AZ this March, and that most of his staff is new and from out of state.

But state Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen's no neophyte to local politics, being a two-time loser in the Phoenix mayoral race. Pullen can't be expected to know all the more than 3,000 Republican PCs, but Pullen and Ready run in the same immigrant-hating circles. They've spoken at the same Mexican-baiting rallies. And both have attended meetings of Rusty Childress' immigrant-bashing United for a Sovereign America.

Also, Ready's tight with state Representative Russell Pearce, who's bashed Mexicans ever since a Latino teen shot off his finger when he was a county sheriff's deputy. Pearce is a racist law machine, pumping out statute after statute targeting the brown segment of AZ's population. At a June anti-illegal demonstration at the state Capitol, Ready and Pearce worked the crowd arm-in-arm.

Remember when Pearce forwarded a neo-Nazi e-mail to supporters in '06? Pearce claimed a "friend" sent him the e-mail. Could that "friend" have a last name that rhymes with "Freddy"?

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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