Left: John Jacob, courtesy of Deseretnews.com
(Salt Lake City, UT) A candidate for the Republican nomination for a Utah congressional seat believes that Satan is behind a series of recent setbacks that he has faced.
John Jacob, a businessman challenging incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon, said that he cannot find another explanation for his woes.
"There's another force that wants to keep us from going to Washington, D.C.," he said. "It's the devil is what it is. I don't want you to print that, but it feels like that's what it is."
His efforts to finance his campaign through business deals were the first sign that a demonic presence could be undermining the run for Congress, said Jacob.
"You know, you plan, you organize, you put your budget together and when you have 10 things fall through, not just one, there's some other, something else that is happening," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I don't know who else it would be if it wasn't him. Now when that gets out in the paper, I'm going to be one of the screw-loose people."
Jacob, a member of the Mormon Church, has made the claim on at least two occasions. He told the Tribune that the purported satanic intervention is a function of his pure motives.
"We have a country that was created by our Heavenly Father and it was a country that had a Constitution and everyone who came to America had strong faith. If that can be destroyed that would be the adversity," he said. "Whether you want to call that Satan or whoever you want to call it, I believe in the last eight months I've experienced that."