Susan Atanus – This week Susan Atanus of the GPO Republican party lost her bid to enter Congress. Earlier this year in January, she told the Daily Herald newspaper that God put autism and dementia on earth as a form of punishment. She stated:
“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions.
Because of these comments, GOP officials asked Atanus to withdraw from the race but she refused to do so.
Atanus’s comments sparked a huge outcry when made, with many autism advocates and ca,campaigners using social media to show their outrage and distaste at these comments. Linda Mastroiann founder of Speaking Autism who also has a son on the autism spectrum wrote in her Huffington Post blog:
“Your words are a harsh reminder that ignorance and prejudice are still among us. One would think that in this day and age such views and comments, especially coming from a political candidate such as yourself, would be non-existent.”
Atanus has now lost her bid for Congress and Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky has retained her seat.