AURORA — A white separatist whose candidacy for the U.S. Senate is being challenged by Missouri's attorney general has been taking steps to prove that he is a legitimate candidate.
F. Glenn Miller, 69, of Aurora, is registered as a write-in candidate to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond. He purchased some radio ads in March that contained racist messages and criticized Jews, immigrants and minorities.
On April 16, Attorney General Chris Koster and the Missouri Broadcasters Association asked the Federal Communications Commission to determine if Miller is a "bona fide" candidate who has a right to radio airtime.
"To make the substantial showing of bona fide candidacy, the claimed write-in candidate must engage to a substantial degree in activities commonly associated with political campaigning," the petition said.
Those activities include such activities as making campaign speeches, distributing literature, issuing news releases and establishing campaign headquarters, the petition said, citing the code of federal regulations.
The Springfield News-Leader reported Monday that Miller has begun issuing press releases, and he said he has campaign offices outside his home where workers are raising money, but he declined to say where the offices are located.
"They (people working in those campaign offices) are fearful of being attacked if their exact location is known," Miller said. "I get a lot of death threats. I've gotten as many as 500, 600 calls a day."
The FCC requires broadcast stations to give qualified federal candidates access to airtime. Candidates must pay for the airtime, and the stations can't censor or edit the ads.
On April 24, Miller issued what he called his first press release, in which he promised that his radio ads would no longer contain racial "slur words."
"I do not apologize for using them in past radio ads, and I admit I'm as racist as Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson," Miller said in the news release. "But I do regret using them. Why? Because they are counterproductive to my main political agendas and to my appeal to Black, Hispanic and Asian voters, as well as White ones."
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said Miller is a former leader of the White Patriot Party. In the 1980s, he called for "total war" against the federal government, blacks and Jews, the center said.
Attorney Mark Sableman said the Missouri Broadcasters Association is asking only that the FCC issue a clear ruling on whether stations are required to run Miller's ads.
"I think it's pretty clear he wasn't a bona fide candidate, and he was kind of making things up to make it look like he was a candidate," Sableman said.