While some politicians can get away with comparing Orthodox Jews to Hitler and forwarding tons of racist, misogynistic emails, it turns out there are limits to these things—but you have to try really really hard to get there!

Case-in-point: Westchester County Republican Jim Russell, who was the Republican pick to run against Nita Lowey in the 18th Congressional District. That was until Republicans learned that Russell wrote a 16-page essay in 2001 titled "The Western Contribution to World History," in which he obsesses over sexual imprinting, bear-hugs eugenics, cites anti-Semitic commentary, and lets his blood boil over interracial marriage, Politco reports. And to top it off, the essay was published in The Occidental Quarterly, a journal classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He writes innocuously about racial mingling, "Parents need to be reminded that they have a natural obligation, as essential as providing food and shelter, to instill in their children an acceptance of appropriate ethnic boundaries for socialization and marriage."

Mark Weitzman, director of governmental affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told LoHud.com that there was no mistaking Russell's views: "He's citing and referring to people who are generally considered to be extremists, professional anti-Semites and racists...On his own words, from his own sources, from his own writings, I think there's no question that this is a piece of racism and anti-Semitism dressed up and cloaked by pseudo-scholarship." Westchester GOP Chairman Doug Colety agreed, saying he wants to pull his name from the ballot: "We're going to pull the plug on him immediately...We were unaware of any of this."