Nate Marshall of Evergreen, who has been linked to white supremacist groups, has become a problem for yet another Colorado politician.
Peggy Littleton, one of the gazillion Republicans either running or considering a bid for the U.S. Senate this fall, posted a link on her Facebook page Sunday, cheering the effort of 24-year old Zachery Werrell, a Virginia Republican who wants to purge the party of moderate members. Werrell played a role in the campaign that tossed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, from his seat, and another that forced Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio to step down.
Littleton’s post on Werrell drew a response from Marshall, who briefly sought to run in 2014 for House District 23 as a Republican.
Littleton, an El Paso County commissioner, responded to Marshall’s comment by asking him to “join my team and make a pledge.” That drew derision from Democrats — especially after Marshall responded, “I’m in!”
Marshall’s 2014 candidacy came to a sudden halt when it was learned that he is also a white supremacist, linked to the white nationalist website Stormfront.
Once Marshall’s white supremacist background became known, he was asked to drop out of the House District 23 race. “Nate Marshall does not reflect the values of the Republican Party,” said then-Chair Bill Tucker, in a statement to The Colorado Statesman.
Marshall’s Facebook page includes dozens of posts advocating for Donald Trump and against other Republican presidential candidates, such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Paradoxically, Marshall also links to a post that calls Hillary Clinton “Hitler.”
Despite falling out of favor as a candidate, Marshall continues to cause problems for Republicans who knowingly or unknowingly make his acquaintance online.
According to the liberal website Colorado Pols, last October, Marshall called for the execution of teacher union members, in a post on the Facebook page of then-Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams. Her Facebook page is available only to approved friends, which apparently include Marshall.
Marshall holds no leadership responsibilities within the Jefferson County Republican Party.
E.V. Leyendecker, who until Monday was chair of the Jeffco GOP, indicated they’d just as soon he stop doing things like that. Leyendecker confirmed that Marshall has no role within the Jeffco GOP, including as a precinct representative or any other leadership position.
Littleton did not respond to several calls for comment.