Alabama Candidate for Attorney General Stumps for White Supremacists
Update: Larry Darby, who openly declared his white supremacist and anti-Semitic views, lost his bid to become the Democratic candidate for Alabama attorney general in the primary election held on June 6. Darby reportedly received 44 percent of the vote--a disturbing number for a candidate who recently spoke at a meeting of a neo-Nazi group and denied that the Holocaust ever took place.
Atlanta, GA, May 16, 2006 … A candidate for Alabama Attorney General attended a closed door meeting of white supremacists organized by the virulently anti-Semitic and racist National Vanguard, where he had been invited to speak about his views, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Larry Darby, who is a Democratic candidate for the statewide office and who has voiced Holocaust denial and other anti-Semitic views, attended the weekend meeting of white supremacists in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. The May 13 gathering was organized by the New Jersey unit of the National Vanguard, a group formed in April 2005 by key activists expelled from the neo-Nazi National Alliance.
"We were disturbed by Larry Darby's views on the Holocaust before he was a candidate for Attorney General, but now he has taken his beliefs one step further by presenting them in person to a group of active white supremacists," said Deborah Lauter, ADL Southeast Regional Director. "It is outrageous for Darby to use the platform afforded him as a candidate for public office to burnish his credentials among the extremist set."
Darby claims that no more than 140,000 Jews died in Europe during World War II and that most of them died of typhus. He also asserts that the figure of six million Jews killed in the Holocaust is part of the "Holocaust industry," and that there is no evidence of a mass extermination of Jews during that time.
According to reports, more than 20 people attended the closed-door meeting at the Juvenile Order of United Automechanics Hall in Elmwood Park. According to the National Vanguard Web site, the notorious former Klansman David Duke and Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm were both in attendance. National Vanguard leader Kevin Strom, and Lamb and Lynx Gaede, teenage twins who form the white power singing duo Prussian Blue, reportedly also attended the meeting, which drew a small crowd of counter-demonstrators.
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