Responding to calls by top state and county Republican leaders that she drop out, GOP nominee for the 9th Congressional District Susanne Atanus, who has equated God’s anger to severe weather and disease, said she is in the race to stay.
While state, county and Chicago Republican Party leaders consider Atanus to be a pariah, and after she won the Mar. 18 primary immediately called on her to drop out of the race, Maine Township Republican Committeeman Char Foss-Eggemann did not have an immediate answer as to how she would treat Atanus’ candidacy.
At a GOP unity breakfast Saturday in Des Plaines, Foss-Eggemann told the Journal she had been committeeman for less than a week and would need to discuss the issue of Atanus’ candidacy with others in the Maine Township Republican organization.
Foss-Eggemann ran on a platform of supporting all Republicans after former Maine Township Republican Committeeman Rosemary Mulligan supported Democrat Marty Moylan over Republican Susan Sweeney in the 2012 state house race in the area's 55th District.
Atanus made national headlines after winning last week’s Republican primary against David Earl Williams for comments she made in January equating God’s anger at sin, especially abortion, gay rights and gay marriage, with tornadoes in central Illinois, this year’s harsh winter and diseases like dementia.
After the election, Cook County GOP Chairman and Palatine Township Committeeman Aaron Del Mar said, “Her positions are completely inappropriate… It’s basically an embarrassment.” He called on her to drop out so another candidate could run in her place.
Illinois Republican Chairman and Rosemont Village Trustee Jack Dorgan, and Chicago Republican Party Chairman Adam Robinson, also immediately called on Atanus to drop out of the race after victory last Tuesday.
Atanus contacted the Journal today (Monday) frustrated with the national coverage she received, asking reporters to move beyond the religious issues and cover her other positions.
The Journal has reported Atanus’ economic plan that has remained largely unchanged for years since she first started attempting to appear on the ballot in 2006.
“The news media is distorting what I said,” Atanus said. “The main issue is the 99% do well. I want prosperity and peace for all through publicly traded companies. I’m running because the 1% is getting 76% of the profits and it’s not right.”
Atanus believes the stock indexes of the Dow Jones and NASDAQ should be eliminated and said stock markets have “no down days.” She said, “They (corporations) don’t lose money ever.”
Her plan to eliminate stock indexes would then lead to “daily positive returns for all” that would help fund government without tax increases.
Atanus would also take 20% to 25% of corporate profits and divert them to fund state and local government after corporations pay corporate federal taxes.
Atanus also said $10 billion in damages should be paid to Holocaust victims, Jewish people and to the nation of Israel.
She said the United States government and other nations involved in World War II should foot the bill for those reparations.
On immigration, Atanus said immigrants should be able to travel freely in the United States.
She said they should fill out an application and be approved for citizenship.
“We can help them some, but they will find work as painters, cab drivers and teachers,” Atanus said.
Del Mar said he has had difficulty finding candidates to run and financial support for those running because Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) is such a strong candidate beating the last several of her opponents by easy 20% margins.
The 9th District includes parts of Glenview, Niles, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Des Plaines, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Hts., Arlington Hts. and several precincts in Elk Grove Village.