After Jones filed to run for the Republican nomination, George Pearson, the chair of the Will County Republican Central Committee, released a statement calling Jones a racist.

"Once again, ignorance has reared its ugly head," Pearson said in the statement. "It is unconscionable that any well-informed voter would have signed the petition of a known Nazi."

Jones, 71, a former member of the American Nazi party and a self-described "white racialist," won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs. While he was the only Republican to get on the ballot, Lipinski soundly defeated him in the general election.

But for the 2020 Republican primary race, Jones will face Catherine O'Shea of Oak Lawn and Mike Fricilone, a Will County Board member from Homer Glen.

Pearson gave Fricilone his "whole-hearted endorsement," saying he "has demonstrated the actual characteristics of a leader our community desires."

Jones on Tuesday dismissed the party's attacks and called its leaders "totally gutless" because "they won't stand up for their own people." He also questioned Fricilone's credentials.

"What has he done?" Jones said. "I have every right to be in politics."

Still, Pearson made a point not to even mention Jones by name.

"He wants publicity and his name written in releases," Pearson wrote. "Well, that jackass in elephant skin will not get that honor from the Will County Republicans."

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