Detroit (Feb. 19)
– Gerald Carlson, of Dearborn, a former member of the local American Nazi Party and a self-proclaimed white supremacist leader, who won the Republican nomination for Congress in Michigan’s 15th District last August but was defeated in November, has filed to run again.
This time, Carlson is seeking the 4th District seat previously held by David Stockman who is now director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan Administration. Carlson said he will run on a “white rights” platform and stress problems of urban decay.
He won the 15th District Republican nomination last summer in a heavily Democratic district. Embarrassed Republican officials attributed his 33 percent showing in the November election to the Reagan landslide victory. In the primaries he received 55 percent of the vote. Carlson now faces strong opposition in the March 24 Republican primary race in the 4th District, including two state legislators.
Carlson reportedly had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan, the National States Right Party, the John Birch Society and the American Independent Party before joining the Nazis.