Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Editorial: Racist, Obscene and a Candidate for the Illinois State Senate

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Editorial: Racist, Obscene and a Candidate for the Illinois State Senate

Article excerpt

Sadly for Illinois voters, Bob Romanik, the white supremacist radio personality from Belleville, is running for a state Senate seat in the March 20 Republican primary. As is typical of everything Romanik does, he has made his campaign about promoting racism even though his only primary challenger is a white woman.

District 57 candidate Tanya Hildenbrand, 48, is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserve who works as a senior intelligence analyst. She has served in Kuwait and Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay interrogating prisoners. Romanik, an ex-convict, talks a lot about patriotism while denigrating the American flag by wearing it as an item of clothing. Hildenbrand has spent her military career demonstrating real patriotism through actions, not antics. That's probably what irks Romanik the most.

Romanik is fighting back in his trademark juvenile fashion with racist barbs and vulgar, sexist taunts on his morning KQQZ-AM radio program. He has spent hours of programming time relentlessly attacking Hildenbrand in obscenely vulgar terms. She has accused him of hacking her Facebook page and digitally altering photos to embarrass her.

He denied it. Soon after, a website that carries KQQZ's call letters, phone number and email address began featuring three digitally altered photos, superimposing Hildenbrand's head atop other women's bodies. One depicts a partially nude woman with Hildenbrand's head being caressed by two shirtless black men while she holds a sign reading, "#BlackLivesMatter." Another altered photo depicts a Hildenbrand figure surrounded by eight shirtless men and the Black Lives Matter logo. The caption reads, "Don't vote 4 me I won't share. Candidate 'White Guilt' Hildenbrand."

This week, the site added altered photos of another longtime Romanik target, St. Clair County Executive Mark Kern. One photo is altered to depict Kern handing out erect penises from a bucket.

The top and bottom of the page lists information about Romanik's radio show along with a map, email address and phone information for KQQZ. The site's registrant is Jill Robinson of Insane Broadcasting, KQQZ's parent company. …

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