James Allsup marched alongside pro-white, neo-Nazi groups last year in the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, and now he has met his first goal in attempting to take over the Wisconsin Republican Party.
Allsup – who was filmed marching with the anti-immigrant group Identity Evropa in Charlottesville – was elected as a precinct committee officer for the Whitman County, Washington Republican Party, according to The Daily Beast.
On June 2, Allsup posted a picture of a certificate on Facebook. “As of today I am officially an elected official in the state of Washington and Republican party,” he wrote. “Cool!”
The piece of paper certified that Allsup was now a precinct committee officer for the Whitman County, Washington Republican Party. Allsup’s certificate declares that he was awarded the post after his candidacy remained uncontested for four days. The county’s auditor confirmed the certificate’s authenticity to The Daily Beast.
PCO races are generally uncontested, making the position an easy one to win for anyone looking to get into low-level party politics.
“If you want to take over a political party in this state, the best thing to do is to start at the PCO level and get a whole bunch of people who agree with your views elected as PCOs,” Hugh Spitzer, a professor of law at the University of Washington, told The Daily Beast.
“From the party’s perspective, the responsibility of PCOs is to visit every house and apartment if they can, meet the people, and then determine [how they might vote],” Spitzer said, adding that PCOs also carry campaign materials for their party’s candidates, and vote for members of their party’s county central committee, who influence the selection of party officials on a more statewide basis.
Both the Republican National Committee and the Washington State Republican Party have denounced Allsup, along with his views, but the 22-year-old has accomplished his goal of getting “a seat at the table”.
Shortly after posting a picture of certificate, Allsup appeared on a podcast by Identity Evropa where he encouraged members of the far-right to push their way into more mainstream conservative politics like he did.
“I happen to be involved in the Spokane GOP. I am now actually an elected official in the Whitman County GOP down here where I live,” Allsup said. “You have a seat at the table. And that’s the most important thing, getting that seat at the table, and you can get that seat at the table by, yes, showing up, yes, by bringing people in, and again this doesn’t necessarily only have to be IE members.”