Skip to comments.Atlantic: Ohio GOP Candidate for Congress Dresses as Nazi
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.
Try throwing in a few pirates, bar maids, and indians to confuse the heck out of everybody. lol
Read post 60, and then see if you can muster an intelligent comment on your next try.
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.
There are no polls I can see.
Still, Marcy Kaptur, the commie incumbent, is less likely to lose than Barney Frank is.
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.
Lets not forget imperial storm troopers from star wars.
Or as one of the Villiage People?
Or just acting stupid in general...
Or maybe in bed with a monkey?
I see that I expected far more of you that you were capable of contributing. I apologize for embarrassing you so publicly.
And the Village People.
Oh come now. Who among us hasn’t been caught in bed with a monkey?
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?
Thanks for the clarification. One of the risks of using sans serif font!
Oh pleeeeeze! These people have lives.
Look at the bright side: At least he isn’t attending campaign rallies with greek columns ala Nuremburg (like a certain presidential candidate).
“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....
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.
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.
Ditto! Some of the posts about Paladino are like that. We’re fighting evil, and some people are giving up so easily.