Former Neo-Nazi reportedly sets sights on becoming Arizona sheriff

A former Neo-Nazi has reportedly set his sights on becoming an Arizona sheriff.

J.T. Ready, a member of the U.S. Border Guard, a group of typically-armed volunteers who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border, is seeking to become the next sheriff of Arizona's Pinal County now that Sheriff Paul Babeu plans to run for Congress, reports.

Ready, a former Republican, has switched parties and plans to run as a Democrat. He has filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee and began communicating with potential supporters on his campaign's Facebook page.

"This is a white European homeland," Ready said at a Neo-Nazi rally in 2009. "That is how it should be preserved if we want to keep it clean, safe and secure."

Ready had his first taste of politics in 2006 during a City Council run in Mesa, Ariz. But Ready's stance on illegal immigration and past inflammatory statements have some concerned about his political aspirations.

Bill Straus of the Anti-Defamation League characterized Ready's attempt to enter politics as "very, very frightening."

"The fact that a Neo-Nazi, then a member of the National Socialist Movement, the largest Neo-Nazi group in America, was working its way into mainstream politics was very, very frightening," Straus said.

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