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Atlantic: Ohio GOP Candidate for Congress Dresses as Nazi
cbs ^ | October 8, 2010 | Ann Binlot

Posted on 10/09/2010 7:26:13 AM PDT by tlb

Rich Iott, the Tea Party-supported GOP nominee for Congress in Ohio's 9th District, is part of a group that likes to don German Waffen SS uniforms and participate Nazi re-enactments, Atlantic journalist Josh Green revealed on Real Time with Bill Maher.

The group, called Wiking, acts out exploits from the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, an actual Nazi division, which fought on the Eastern Front during World War II .

Iott, who confirms his involvement with the group, denies any belief in the principles of Nazism.

"It's purely historical interest in World War II," he told the Atlantic.

Iott can't remember when he joined the group, although his name appears on a group roster from 2003. He says he participated in the group with his son "as a father-son bonding thing."

While Iott neglects to address Jewish voters he might have offended, he does address veterans in an e-mail to the Atlantic: "Never, in any of my reenacting of military history, have I meant any disrespect to anyone who served in our military or anyone who has been affected by the tragedy of war. In fact, I have immense respect for veterans who served our country valiantly, and my respect of the military and our veterans is one of the reasons I have actively studied military history throughout my life."

Incidentally, there is no longer any mention of Iott -- also a member of the NRCC's Young Guns Program -- on the Wiking website and all photographs of the Congressional candidate have been removed.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: iott; nazi; ohio; reenactor; younggun
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To: Altura Ct.

Agreed. The caterwauling on this is disappointing.


51 posted on 10/09/2010 8:15:56 AM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: Dr. Sivana
these are likely not "Nazi re-enactments."

One of the Wiking Division's most illustrious veterans:

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52 posted on 10/09/2010 8:16:51 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: BigBobber

His name is not Lott. His name is Iott.


53 posted on 10/09/2010 8:17:05 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Pavlov smiles....

You have been conditioned well...

Funny...Mel brooks was honored at the kennedy center for dressing up as Hitler...


54 posted on 10/09/2010 8:19:12 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: tlb
Worse still...wear THIS!

OR THIS!!!

Now, THEEEESE we should worry about!

55 posted on 10/09/2010 8:23:44 AM PDT by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: tlb
Dems (and tlb) don't like people who play dress-up. They want the real thing...
56 posted on 10/09/2010 8:25:51 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: omegadawn

UHHH, I think Waffen SS were.


57 posted on 10/09/2010 8:26:06 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: tlb

So, they were recreating the Second World War, dressed as Germans and allies.

It’s kind of like when we were kids and played cowboys and Indians.

After all, somebody has to be politically incorrect and play cowboy, or there wouldn’t be any fun!


58 posted on 10/09/2010 8:27:20 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Kate in Palo Alto
Yes. I would have nothing to do with anyone who dresses up in a Nazi uniform for any reason.

How politically correct of you.

59 posted on 10/09/2010 8:33:12 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Sister_T
There seems to be quite a bit of foolish thinking on this thread. That this is no big deal, that it's just an interest in history, that it's easily explained.

Let's talk facts:

(1) If a voter sees a candidate dressed up in a Nazi uniform, he will not wait for an explanation or an excuse. He will move on in 90% of cases. That's reality.

(2) Most people think that reenactors are weird. This is because so many of them are. I am not a reenactor, but I am a Friend of the National Military Park at Gettysburg and I know hundreds of reenactors. They're a lovable but eccentric bunch.

(3) This reenactment group is far more sinister than the usual harmless reenactment group. Iott's group specializes in reenacting warfare on the Russian front by dressing as members of the SS. Most American WWII reenactors reenact engagements in which American troops were involved, like the Bulge. The bad guys normally dress in German Army uniforms, not SS uniforms with elaborate Nazi insignia. Iott's group calls itself "Wiking" the name of an SS unit and they reenact engagements in which no US troops were involved. Reenactors do not name their groups after the people they perceive as bad guys, but the people that they perceive as good guys. The more that is learned about this group, the more disturbing the details will be.

60 posted on 10/09/2010 8:35:27 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: cripplecreek
"We’ve found that it confuses everyone when we have guys dressed as modern special ops soldiers during the civil war muster."

Try throwing in a few pirates, bar maids, and indians to confuse the heck out of everybody. lol

61 posted on 10/09/2010 8:36:10 AM PDT by stumptalker
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To: Crim

Read post 60, and then see if you can muster an intelligent comment on your next try.


62 posted on 10/09/2010 8:36:42 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: tlb

FWIW, this is Marcy Kaptur’s district and it’s not even on RCP’s radar as a winnable seat. So honestly he probably didn’t hurt himself as he had little shot anyway.


63 posted on 10/09/2010 8:37:30 AM PDT by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: nikos1121

There are no polls I can see.

Still, Marcy Kaptur, the commie incumbent, is less likely to lose than Barney Frank is.


64 posted on 10/09/2010 8:39:44 AM PDT by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: wideawake

I dont need to read post 60 to see you drooling like a libtard over a WW2 re-enactment group...

I’ll be voting for Iott.


65 posted on 10/09/2010 8:40:51 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: stumptalker

Lets not forget imperial storm troopers from star wars.


66 posted on 10/09/2010 8:41:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: wideawake
If this true the guy is toast. What kind of vetting went in to his candidacy?
67 posted on 10/09/2010 8:41:12 AM PDT by stumptalker
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To: wideawake
Or fishnets?

Or as one of the Villiage People?

Or just acting stupid in general...

Or maybe in bed with a monkey?


68 posted on 10/09/2010 8:42:33 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Crim

I see that I expected far more of you that you were capable of contributing. I apologize for embarrassing you so publicly.


69 posted on 10/09/2010 8:43:43 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: cripplecreek
"Lets not forget imperial storm troopers from star wars."

And the Village People.

70 posted on 10/09/2010 8:44:13 AM PDT by stumptalker
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To: PLMerite

71 posted on 10/09/2010 8:45:57 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Paladino is a rock star!)
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To: Dead Corpse

Oh come now. Who among us hasn’t been caught in bed with a monkey?


72 posted on 10/09/2010 8:46:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Dead Corpse
I know that you're intelligent enough to see the difference between what you posted and wearing an SS uniform.

I will point out that Giuliani's bid for national office didn't go very well did it? Drag may go over well in NYC, but not so much in Iowa or New Hampshire.

Hey, you know where wearing Nazi uniforms doesn't go over so well?

America.

73 posted on 10/09/2010 8:48:44 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Thanks for the clarification. One of the risks of using sans serif font!


74 posted on 10/09/2010 8:49:33 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Titus-Maximus

Oh pleeeeeze! These people have lives.


75 posted on 10/09/2010 8:51:04 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Paladino is a rock star!)
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To: tlb

Look at the bright side: At least he isn’t attending campaign rallies with greek columns ala Nuremburg (like a certain presidential candidate).


76 posted on 10/09/2010 8:52:54 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: wideawake

“I see that I expected far more of you that you were capable of contributing. I apologize for embarrassing you so publicly”

Rather full of yourself I see....

Hillarious....


77 posted on 10/09/2010 8:53:30 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: cripplecreek

Besides living 140 years ago, last I checked, the Confederates never perpetrated the purposeful extermination of some 20,0000,000 civilians, as the Nazis did just 65 years ago.

This is seriously unacceptable....how stupid and insensitive can you get?

For crying out loud, Prince Andrew—in his 20s(?)—of the UK got into trouble for wearing a Nazi uniform to a COSTUME PARTY, but regularly re-enacting them? Do they have Holocaust-roundup re-enactments too?

This guy Rich Iott needs to get dumped ASAP, if for nothing else than a complete lack of judgement. Iott sounds a heck of a lot like idiot.


78 posted on 10/09/2010 8:53:51 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: wideawake
Embarrassing is embarrassing. Our opponents will make political hay out of anything they can. When there isn't anything, they make it up.

Is this guy a Nazi? Has he shown ANY inclination towards National Socialism or overt racism?

If not, then you are falling for the Left's agitprop.

And yes, we should be intelligent enough to discern the difference.

79 posted on 10/09/2010 8:55:36 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Altura Ct.

Ditto! Some of the posts about Paladino are like that. We’re fighting evil, and some people are giving up so easily.


80 posted on 10/09/2010 8:56:09 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Paladino is a rock star!)
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To: AnalogReigns
WWII reenactors who emulate American units often have to kick out members who are very keen to play Germans in their reenactments - the kind of guys who have extensive collections of Nazi paraphernalia and like to give out pamphlets and copies of books like Hunter at meetings.

Any reporter who does some digging into Iott's fellow "Wiking" enthusiasts will undoubtedly find some real winners - groups like this are magnets for Stormfront types.

81 posted on 10/09/2010 9:01:43 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Lauren BaRecall

Dressing as a Nazi for WWII re-enactment - yeah, that’s a life, but not one to get elected in this country. Hey, don’t take my word, just watch it melt down. It will be another wasted opportunity, like Paladino in NY.

There is no compromise to political beliefs in finding candidates that are electable. The process, the audience and the media must be studied and understood, throwing people like this out there creates an avalanche of negative press that buries everyone. Now you will hear ‘I told you so’ a thousand times from the liberal media as they have been handed a tailor made spectacle who puts himself in a Hitler uniform. Absolutely great!


82 posted on 10/09/2010 9:03:13 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Lauren BaRecall

Dressing as a Nazi for WWII re-enactment - yeah, that’s a life, but not one to get elected in this country. Hey, don’t take my word, just watch it melt down. It will be another wasted opportunity, like Paladino in NY.

There is no compromise to political beliefs in finding candidates that are electable. The process, the audience and the media must be studied and understood, throwing people like this out there creates an avalanche of negative press that buries everyone. Now you will hear ‘I told you so’ a thousand times from the liberal media as they have been handed a tailor made spectacle who puts himself in a Hitler uniform. Absolutely great!


83 posted on 10/09/2010 9:03:23 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: AnalogReigns

I really don’t care how you justifiy your fear of upsetting the democrats or your desire to revise history.

You should march right over to the DU and throw yourself at their feet and beg forgiveness.

Don’t worry about losing my respect.


84 posted on 10/09/2010 9:03:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Dr. Sivana

WWII Germany, like it or not, was in the total control of the Nazi party. Anyone with any knowledge at all of the era associates the German army of that time with the Nazis....and in politics, perception is everything.

To have even a HINT or a POSSIBILITY of a hint of sympathies with Germany of 65 to 78 years ago is just unacceptable politically...as not only were these are mortal enemy at the time...but they were merciless butchers of civilians—quite unlike the Confederate States of America—or any other group in reenactments.

To parse whether he was just re-enacting the German army, (which did have some noble folks in it, like Rommel, or Beck) instead of the Nazi Party perverts, is immaterial in the political realm.

Anyone who wouldn’t know that putting on a Nazi-era German uniform wouldn’t be problematic for a political career....lacks the judgement to be elected to any office.


85 posted on 10/09/2010 9:03:41 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: wideawake

Your first point is duly noted. Given how some in our society are, some probably won’t look for an explanation. Thank you, Lamestream Media and Govt Public Schools.

The second point goes a little beyond what most people in our society think, unless they, like yourself, are personally acquainted with a reenactor. I don’t know reenactors; as far as I’m concerned, they are just actors to me and I don’t see actors as “weird”.

As far as your third point, perhaps. Like I said, I see this as just some dude who likes to reenact WWII history. Now, if he is as sinister as you say, that will come out and then toss the guy over.


86 posted on 10/09/2010 9:08:50 AM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: rlmorel

Even our military uses a similar helmet design. After a *LOT* of testing we arrived at the conclusion that it’s pretty much the optimal design for balancing protection, visibility and weight. I remember quite a few people freaking out when the design was released

The Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) and TBH-II Army Version are based on the latest performance requirements of the U.S. Army for ballistics, impact, retention and other protective upgrades”http://www.gentexcorp.com/default.aspx?pageid=984


87 posted on 10/09/2010 9:11:36 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

He did do that. He also dressed up as other soldiers who fought in other wars. This is nonsense.


88 posted on 10/09/2010 9:12:05 AM PDT by liberlog
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To: faucetman

And if a Confederate actor runs for office in a Yankee state, it would unquestionably be made a campaign issue by the usual suspects.


89 posted on 10/09/2010 9:13:41 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: Titus-Maximus

You might be right, but perhaps our fellow citizens can tell the difference between a re-enactor, and other refreshingly non professional aspiring leaders, and slick socialists who may have a polished organization and message but are taking us to hell. I spent enough afternoons second guessing Von Paulus while playing ‘Squad Leader’ to know the difference between a student of history and a *REAL* National Socialist!


90 posted on 10/09/2010 9:17:01 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: tlb

Oh for goodness sake. It’s his hobby!
If no one will reenact the part of Nazis then who do the Allied reenactors have to fight at reenactments?
My family are Civil War reenactors. To have a reenactment requires that we have Union and Confederate participants. just sayin’.


91 posted on 10/09/2010 9:18:02 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: tlb

Read hte rest of the story. He’s dressed up as Civil War soldiers, American WWI and WWII soldiers. This is just a reinactment and a smear.


92 posted on 10/09/2010 9:20:14 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: cripplecreek
So having no tolerance for the appearance Nazi sympathies is somehow liberal?

I could care less about upsetting democRats, as I'M UPSET at the prospect of a possible neo-Nazi as a Republican, shouldn't you be?

Is your idea of conservative being tolerant of National Socialism?

Actually, as pointed out above this is very weird reinactment group, OF AN SS UNIT, called Wiking, reinacting life on the eastern front. The SS were THE MOST fanatical Nazis of the war...

Would you support a reinactor who loved reinacting the "glories" of Stalin?

It's a free country, if he want's to play-act being a Nazi Fascist, fine, but he shouldn't expect the support of true proud American Conservatives--who believe in constitutional liberty, not playing with murderous socialistic fascism--if he runs for office.

93 posted on 10/09/2010 9:21:01 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: tlb

Much ado about nothing.

Mike


94 posted on 10/09/2010 9:24:37 AM PDT by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: omegadawn

And at least half of “WIKING” wasn’t German. The Division was formed with one German Standarte [Regiment] from “DAS REICH” [”GERMANIA”]. The rest consisted of volunteers from western Europe.


96 posted on 10/09/2010 9:27:26 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: RedStateRocker

Advanced Squad Leader?

I have the game up to G.I. Anvil of Victory.

Mike


97 posted on 10/09/2010 9:29:32 AM PDT by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: omegadawn
Very few Germans were Nazi. There are many reenactments groups in our country. I have a friend that is part of a German historial group that wear German Army Uniforms for reenactments. THey have NO Nazi insignias on their uniforms .

I believe that SS unit members were Nazis, and even if they weren't, they were hard-core "true believers." SS units were among the most brutal, and were behind nearly every massacre of civilians. I believe that their commander was Heydrich.

Mark

98 posted on 10/09/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: omegadawn

If the uniform is historically correct they do. The eagle insignia on the hat, over the right breast pocket [or left sleeve, if Waffen SS] carries a Swastika in the wreath. A historically correct Iron Cross I has a Swastika in the center [ditto the German Cross, and the Knight’s Cross. the device on an IC 2d ribbon].


99 posted on 10/09/2010 9:33:10 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Titus-Maximus

So, instead of coming up with a strategy, you’re crying that the MSM and the professional politicians are mowing down our guys. Our country is hanging in the balance, and this is all you can do.


100 posted on 10/09/2010 9:34:37 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Paladino is a rock star!)
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