Mainstream politicians and extremists have connections to CCC
Posted: January 21, 2005
The Council of Conservative Citizens connection to mainstream politicians was again newsworthy in 2004.
- Tom Parker, a highly conservative Republican with ties to the CCC and the League of the South, was elected to a seat on Alabama's Supreme Court. Parker is a former aide to Roy Moore, the Alabama judge who was removed from office for refusing to comply with a federal court directive to remove a 10 Commandments monument that he installed in the state judicial building.
- Ron Wilson, a former member of both the CCC and the neo-confederate League of the South, as well as past head of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was elected to the South Carolina Board of Education. Wilson previously sold anti-Semitic materials on his Web site.
- According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 26 office-holding politicians in four southern states have attended or spoken at CCC events since 2000, including 23 from Mississippi. In December 2004, the Mississippi branch of the group announced that it had met with some key Mississippi Senators to discuss issues of concern. "Things look good on the front in Mississippi in 2005." The group expected several senators and representatives to speak at their Jackson meeting on January 27, 2005.
The CCC also maintained relationships with extremists outside their ranks. University of Vermont professor Robert S. Griffin wrote a cover-page story for The Citizens Informer in fall 2004 about his travels through Europe meeting with members of Blood and Honour, a racist neo-Nazi organization that also has a presence in the United States. And at the groups June 11 national conference in Valley Forge, Tennessee, speakers included Jared Taylor, editor of the racist publication American Renaissance, and Paul Fromm, Holocaust-denying head of the Canadian Association for Free Expression.