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A Democratic judicial Candidate asked that question rhetorically after her husband of 17 years was outed as a white supremacist.

Maybe I am missing something, but how could you stay married to someone like that as a human being, let alone as a human being who is tasked with being an impartial judge in your community?

Here's the story posted over at Talking Points Memo:

Husband Of Connecticut Judicial Candidate: 'I Am Pro-White'

A Democratic candidate for a judicial seat in Plainfield, Conn. was forced to answer questions about her husband this week after a watchdog group exposed his ties to the white supremacist movement.[...]

"He did not have those views when we married, but acquired them after," Zubkova told the paper. "What am I supposed to do? Divorce him? It’s not unusual for husbands and wives to have different views."

In response to being "outed" by the media, Zubkova's husband, Rob Freeman, wrote a post on Friday that welcomed visitors to his site.

"I am pro-white, because so much out there is anti-white," Freeman wrote. "I am defending that part of my identity that is being attacked. I am not attacking other races, I am defending my own, and I welcome all sincere allies — Black, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Arab, Persian. If I missed anyone, chime in."

Freeman was exposed by One People's Project, a watchdog organization that tracks hate groups.

"He was one of 300 neo-Nazis attending a rally in Pennsylvania and, before that, was at some anti-hate forums in Massachusetts," One People's Project founder Daryle Jenkins told the Bulletin. "So we looked him up and created a bio of him."[...]

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 02:57:16 PM PDT

  •  Oh, wow (6+ / 0-)

    Easy for you to say, but not so easy for people to do. Most of us put up with some divergence of political opinion, religious belief, etc. from our loved ones. But I would have to wonder how someone who is even a conserva-Dem gets to a place of acceptance with someone who attends neo-Nazi rallies. I wonder if maybe she didn't know how deep into it he was? She might need time to process the information before deciding what to do about it all. Meanwhile, I'm not much into casually opining that "of course" she ought to divorce him.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 03:26:39 PM PDT

    •  I made the mistake (9+ / 0-)

      of clicking on his blog (linked at the TPM post).
      It's pretty horrible. Lovely graphics. I'd have a hard time understanding how she could fail to know about this level of ugly racism.

      He also had some rather interesting musings on domestic violence, kind of a both-sides-are-to-blame approach, although he admitted that there were probably some instances of men actually beating up on women.

      He seems like a thoroughly awful person. I guess she wouldn't be the first woman to stay with thoroughly awful person. But I sure as hell don't get it. Maybe she's afraid of him.

      •  I made the mistake of clicking on TPM and (7+ / 0-)

        was welcomed by a full screen video.  TPM has gone HuffPo on steroids.  You can't put your cursor anywhere on the page without it triggering something.  

        Do not under any circumstances leave the site running if you have limited data usage.  The ads will eat up your usage, and your computer memory.

        I'm going to download an ad blocker and see if it helps.  Failing that, I'm gone from TPM.

      •  He's a real piece of work (9+ / 0-)

        A paper local to their area did a pretty lengthy piece, so I got to see a taste of his views without clicking his site. It also seems she's losing a number of key supporters. I suspect her candidacy in the upcoming primary is toast.

        He says:

        "White children are taught to feel guilty for being white," it states. "White guilt makes white kids timid and ashamed of being white, and emboldens other races to attack them unprovoked."
        Freeman admitted being part of the extreme right wing movement years ago, "until it died out."
        "I think every group of people have legitimate conflicts of interest and I am for having an open conversation about those conflicts, not through violence. I don't wish ill of anyone."
        In writing about his voting for President Barack Obama, Freeman said:
        "Worse is better! All those white people who aren’t on our side, need to suffer! They need to lose their jobs to Mexicans, they need to get knockout games, they need to not get into college because they are white, they need to be driven to desperation!"
        A picture under one his entries depicts the grinning caricature of a black man holding a large knife with the caption: "Around blacks ... never relax."
        Her political prospects?
        Sounds like she wasn't the most popular choice even before this
        Zubkova garnered six of the Democratic endorsing committee's 16 votes during its convention
        Now?
        Chairman William Holmes said the committee was unaware of Freeman’s views at the time of Zubkova’s endorsement."If we had, there obviously would have been a conversation before we proceeded," he said. "I would have proposed holding back any endorsement until we could have researched the matter."
        Plainfield First Selectman Paul Sweet, who endorsed Zubkova, said learning about Freeman’s history was like "getting kicked in the stomach."
        "I feel (Zubkova) deceived us by omission and I feel misled," he said. "I’m pulling my support and telling my friends and family to do the same. The signs on my lawn are coming up.
        http://www.norwichbulletin.com/...

        Then there's this, from 2002, where he was so outspoken and notorious I abandon any thought that his wife wasn't aware:

        in December, after reading about Framingham's ''No Place for Hate'' forum, he showed up and caused a stir with his views. He also attended three follow-up forums, raising his profile.
        Although Freeman said he doesn't mind his daughter learning alongside Jews or minorities, outside the classroom his tolerance fades. He said he steers her ''away from black kids in the playground.'' And she only socializes with children of Freeman's friends, other neo-Nazis.
        http://www.zoominfo.com/...

        Is she afraid of him? Maybe she is, likely she should be:

        Three men [Freeman was one] were indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on felony charges alleging they tortured and decapitated a rabbit at a beach in Rye this summer.
        On Aug. 10, Rye Police were contacted by another law enforcement agency that monitors cults. They told Rye that they had seen pictures and a video of a group of people abusing a rabbit. ..... The video shows one of the men holding the rabbit down while the others took turns hacking at its head until it was decapitated.
        http://www.seacoastonline.com/...

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 04:58:47 PM PDT

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        •  I've been presuming that the judge didn't know of (7+ / 0-)

          her husband's "views" as I thought the diary indicated. It sounds as if he wasn't keeping this as much of a secret as I thought.

          I won't be going to his site, either--nor following the newspaper stories for that matter. I've heard all I want to about Freeman, and Zubkova as well (unless she somehow was blindsided by all of this).

          This isn't a household  in which a child should be raised.

          If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

          by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:28:37 PM PDT

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          •  My take away (5+ / 0-)

            On this specific situation, I was initially willing to give the "blindsided" benefit of the doubt, too; but when the SO is being written up in the Boston Globe for hate speech and drawing FBI interest, even the most oblivious spouse would have had it brought to their attention by somebody.

            If there is anything to take away from the dreadful scenario it is in the debate over electing judges. Some places do, some don't. I know in our state the R or D designation next to judge candidates is nearly meaningless, and judges change parties as often as many of us change underwear. If the candidate's only ambition ever is to serve as a local probate or family court or whatever judge that may not be an issue. But for many it is a springboard to higher visibility judge-ships, and other political positions, whether elected or appointed, in legislative or executive branches. It puts some importance on vetting the self anointed Dems even in those low level backwater races.

            “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

            by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:48:23 PM PDT

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        •   What a thoroughly nasty piece of work he is. (3+ / 0-)
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          Besides his repugnant racist & bigoted views, his involvement in animal torture is really disturbing. What kind of adult gathers with others to torture an animal?! It's disturbing enough to hear about a child doing it -- but an adult?

          And his wife didn't know any of this was going on? Nonsense. It's amazing that she chose to run for office without considering how his actions would affect her candidacy.

          As to this: "'It’s not unusual for husbands and wives to have different views'"----no, it isn't. But James Carville and Mary Matalin these two are not.

          Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~"The Summer Day," Mary Oliver

          by Miniaussiefan on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 05:10:24 AM PDT

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  •  I think it is common among white supremacists (3+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, AJayne, Ducktape

    to experience a deep inferiority complex--one that is not necessarily tied to "race" but to their own feelings of failure in general.

    Perhaps the only aspect of their lives that they really believe "measures up" is membership in a dominant ethnic group.

    One proof that we're making some slow progress is how desperately racists try to frame their views. They know there are things they can't admit thinking. David Duke swore that it wasn't that he hated blacks, he just loved whites so much more.

    Although we shouldn't ignore the blatant racism of those who will strut and parade their ignorance, I think a far bigger problem is the persistent (even if it seems "milder") stereotyping that we see among those who would never be a part of the white supremacist movement.

    Except for the fact that I can't feel sympathy for them, admitted "white supremacists" are pathetic. The quiet haters are just as bad, though--and many of them will denounce Freeman (perhaps to keep suspicion off themselves).

    I can't help but feel bad for Judge Zubkova. It's impossible to know for sure if she married a racist or if he became one later, but her life has suffered a major blow either way.

    If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 03:31:02 PM PDT

    •  Her daughter too (3+ / 0-)
      I can't help but feel bad for Judge Zubkova. It's impossible to know for sure if she married a racist or if he became one later, but her life has suffered a major blow either way.
      Imagine what her daughter is going through these days, particularly if she hangs out with kids from diverse ethnic groups.

      It seems to me that it's a no-brainer that she should have divorced him as soon as she thought about the full implications of his behavior and the affect it could have on her daughter and career.

      Just because you have a history with someone, doesn't mean you have a future with them.

      "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

      by FiredUpInCA on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 04:01:15 PM PDT

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    •  Studs Terkel talked about this a lot (6+ / 0-)
      I think it is common among white supremacists to experience a deep inferiority complex--one that is not necessarily tied to "race" but to their own feelings of failure in general.
      His most favorite interview was with a former Exalted Cyclops of the Klan in Durham, North Carolina, named C. P. Ellis who talked about that as a primary motivation for joining the Klan. They accepted him and made him feel like he was somebody. Then he found out he could be accepted and treated as somebody outside the Klan, and what with one thing and another ended up as an official of a mostly Black janitors union.

      "Why I Quit the Klan”—An Interview with C. P. Ellis

      See also The Best of Enemies, by Osha Gray Davidson, about Ellis and the black activist, Ann Atwater, whom he initially despised but then came to respect when they were thrown together on a committee working on race problems in local schools.

      Such conversions are rare. Much more common is getting through to young people before they are ruined, because their parents and churches and so on can no longer raise them strictly in the bubble.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 09:44:25 PM PDT

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  •  I could never vote for her. (5+ / 0-)

    "Different views" is one thing, but this seems quite another.

  •  Yes. Divorce him. Your future as a judge and (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, roycej

    that of your daughter should not be tainted by a white supremacist.   Cut him loose or give up your job.

    •  Don't believe she's a judge yet, just a lawyer (5+ / 0-)

      Was hoping to become a judge, obviously, but I would say from the local reaction that she can kiss that ambition off at this point. Only question before her now is what she wants the remainder of her career and life to look like.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:34:15 PM PDT

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