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Major Arkansas GOP official chooses CofCC over GOP.


John Casteel served as an Arkansas county chairman and a top state GOP official. The state chairman of the Arkansas GOP called on him to quit either the GOP or the CofCC.

From AP…

A former official who resigned from a Republican post in Arkansas said Thursday he’s not a racist and that he will not quit a group that bills itself as “pro-white.”

John Casteel, 71, who stepped down as Jackson County’s Republican chairman this week, said he has belonged to the Council of Conservative Citizens since its inception more than two decades ago.

“To me, the council is more important,” Casteel said. “I’m not going to turn my back on an organization … just because some socialistic blogger says I’m a racist.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, the former railroad man who later ventured into insurance said he sits on the Council of Conservative Citizens’ national board of directors.

“It’s the only organization in the United States that’s actually actively _ internationally and in this country _ trying to save this country from communism, socialism and the Islamic takeover of this world,” he said.

He reflected fondly on his non-white friends and his contributions to minority communities in eastern Arkansas.

“It really hurts me that somebody calls me a racist,” Casteel said. “I’ve got a lot of black friends.”

Casteel’s daughter, Donna, took the phone from her father and sang his praises.