Jeffrey Erik Perrine, a Proud Boys member, has filed to run for the newly-drawn 7th Assembly District in California. He will be facing Democratic incumbent Ken Cooley.
According to the Sacramento Bee, this new district encompasses much of eastern Sacramento County, including Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, Folsom, and Citrus Heights.
Perrine last year was expelled from an elected position on the Sacramento County Republican Party’s central committee. This occurred after a report from the Sacramento Bee discussed his connections to the Proud Boys.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) regularly designates the Proud Boys as a white nationalist and and extremist group. “They are known for anti-Muslim an dmisogynistic rhetoric. Proud Boys have appeared alongside other hate groups at extremist gatherings such as the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia,” they stated.
Perrine has been described as a constant presence at militant rallies held across the country. A recent video has been released showing him at a 2018 rally in Portland, Oregon saying that “all the illegals trying to jump over our border, we should be smashing their heads into the concrete.” However, he previously told the Sacramento Bee that he was just a member of the Proud Boys. “I’m just a member. I’m part of a fraternity,” he said at the time.
The Sacramento County Republican Party has since endorsed Josh Hoover for the position. The chair of the Sacramento County Republican Party, Betsy Mahan said, “Josh represents the kind of leadership needed to support parental rights, safe schools and neighborhoods, sound fiscal policy, and civil resolution to California’s many challenges.”
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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