Westboro Baptist follower Jack Wu has filed paperwork to run as a Republican member of the Kansas State Board of Education. While he claims to be a member of the church, the Phelps clan say he's not. The Republican state party is also distancing themselves from the candidacy.
Wu couldn't immediately be reached for comment Wednesday, but his campaign website states he is a native of California who "moved to Topeka, Kansas after seeing the light of the Westboro Baptist Church."
The website, www.jpwu.info, appears to be under construction. Under a "Biography" link, the site states that Wu's mission in running for office is to "make a difference in this evil city of Topeka and this perverse state of Kansas." It goes on to say that students "don't need Satanic lies like evolution filling their heads, and if elected to office, Jack would like to purge such lies from the curriculum."
Reached by phone Wednesday, Westboro Baptist spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper said Wu is an "acquaintance," but isn't a member of the church.
"He's just a friendly little guy," Phelps-Roper said. "I know who he is, he lives in my neighborhood, but he's not a member of our church."
The Kansas State Board of Education has 10 members. Wu is the only registered Republican vying for the 4th District spot. Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said Wu lost a Kansas House primary in 2010 and no one in the party heard from him again until he filed to run June 11.
"He has not and does not have any connection or been in contact with the Kansas Republican Party, other than filing as a Republican -- something the party has no control over," Barker said.
How bad do you have to be when both Westboro Baptist and the Republican party distance themselves from you?