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Truth in Advertising: GOP Candidate Dresses in Waffen SS Uniform

Com­ment: GOP Con­gres­sion­al can­di­date Rich Iott of Ohio has been fly­ing col­ors that demon­strate the true nature of the Repub­li­can par­ty. A favorite of the Tea Par­ties, Iott for years par­tic­i­pat­ed in “reen­act­ments” of bat­tles of the Fifth Waf­fen SS divi­sion (Viking). (Iott is sec­ond from right in this pho­to.)

As not­ed in numer­ous broad­casts, the GOP is lit­tle more than a front for a Third Reich gone under­ground.

“Why Is this GOP House Can­di­date Dressed as a Nazi?” by Joshua Green; The Atlantic; 10/08/2010.

Excerpt: An elec­tion year already notable for its menagerie of extreme and unusu­al can­di­dates can add anoth­er one: Rich Iott, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for Con­gress from Ohio’s 9th Dis­trict, and a Tea Par­ty favorite, who for years donned a Ger­man Waf­fen SS uni­form and par­tic­i­pat­ed in Nazi re-enact­ments.

Iott, whose dis­trict lies in North­west Ohio, was involved with a group that calls itself Wik­ing, whose mem­bers are devot­ed to re-enact­ing the exploits of an actu­al Nazi divi­sion, the 5th SS Panz­er Divi­sion Wik­ing, which fought main­ly on the East­ern Front dur­ing World War II. Iot­t’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Wik­ing group is not men­tioned on his cam­paign’s web­site, and his name and pho­tographs were removed from the Wik­ing website.When con­tact­ed by The Atlantic, Iott con­firmed his involve­ment with the group over a num­ber of years, but said his inter­est in Nazi Ger­many was his­tor­i­cal and he does not sub­scribe to the tenets of Nazism. . . .


3 comments for “Truth in Advertising: GOP Candidate Dresses in Waffen SS Uniform”

  1. Oh. Well THAT’s a relief! His inter­est is only his­tor­i­cal.

    Posted by DJ Lebowitz | October 11, 2010, 12:53 am
  2. He’s baaaaaack!


    Need­less to say, this caused a bit of a stir. Iott said he didn’t mean to offend any­body, Democ­rats con­demned him, the NRCC scrubbed his name from their “Young Guns” web­site and then-House Minor­i­ty Whip Eric Can­tor also con­demned him.

    But fel­low Buck­eye and then-House Minor­i­ty Leader John Boehn­er declined to aban­don Iott, cam­paign­ing with him near the end of the race Iott even­tu­al­ly lost to Kap­tur.

    Now, it seems, Iott is return­ing the favor. The Wash­ing­ton Jew­ish Week reports Iott gave the max­i­mum legal­ly allowed ($2,400) to Boehner’s PAC in the last FEC fil­ing peri­od. The paper’s Adam Kre­do asked, “giv­en what we know about Iott’s pas­time, should a leader like Boehn­er keep the con­tri­bu­tion?”

    The answer to some Jew­ish Democ­rats is cer­tain­ly no. On Tues­day, the Nation­al Jew­ish Demo­c­ra­t­ic Coun­cil called on Boehn­er to return the mon­ey. A request for com­ment from Boehner’s PAC was not imme­di­ate­ly returned.

    Boehn­er is not the only Ohio Repub­li­can to face awk­ward ques­tions sur­round­ing Iott’s cash. A Demo­c­ra­t­ic-aligned group, Pro­gres­sO­hio, made head­lines yes­ter­day when they called on Josh Man­del, the Ohio Trea­sur­er and a like­ly can­di­date vying for the chance to take on Sen. Sher­rod Brown (D) next year, to donate the $1,000 Iott gave his cam­paign to the South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter.

    The whole thing is dou­bly awk­ward for Man­del because he’s Jew­ish, and was once on the board of Cleve­land Jew­ish News, which hit him with this less-than-flat­ter­ing sto­ry last week.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 1, 2011, 7:10 pm
  3. Oh Joe, say it ain’t so

    Joe The Plumber Touts Endorse­ment Of Rich The Nazi Reen­ac­tor

    Eric Kleefeld Feb­ru­ary 23, 2012, 6:23 AM

    Joe “The Plumber” Wurzel­bach­er, who gained fame dur­ing the 2008 cam­paign when he met Barack Oba­ma and sub­se­quent­ly cam­paigned for John McCain, is the like­ly Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for the House this year in his deep-blue Ohio dis­trict. This week he trot­ted out the endorse­ment of Rich Iott, who gained fame in 2010 when it was dis­cov­ered he enjoys spend­ing his week­ends dressed up like a Nazi.

    With Ohio los­ing two seats in the House, this dis­trict was com­bined from the home turfs of two Demo­c­ra­t­ic incum­bents, Reps. Mar­cy Kap­tur and Den­nis Kucinich. This week, Wurzel­bach­er put out a press release tout­ing the endorse­ments of past Repub­li­can oppo­nents of each of the Democ­rats: Kucinich’s 2010 oppo­nent Peter Cor­ri­g­an and 2008 GOP nom­i­nee Jim Trakas — and Kaptur’s 2010 oppo­nent, Rich Iott.

    “Joe is the real deal,” Iott said in the Plumber’s press release, “He’s worked in the real world to make a real liv­ing. He can relate to his con­stituents and their needs. I’d be proud to have Joe rep­re­sent me in Wash­ing­ton.”


    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 23, 2012, 9:08 am

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