Richard Iott – Classic Teabagger

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Why is This GOP House Candidate Dressed as a Nazi?

Oct 8 2010, 10:00 PM ET 935

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.

Rich Iott, second from right, in a Nazi SS Waffen uniform.

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.

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  3 comments for “Richard Iott – Classic Teabagger

  1. October 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Iott told CNN this afternoon that he isn’t really celebrating Nazism, but rather he and his son re-enact Nazi activities to help people remember the Holocaust. That’s right, his way of remembering the Holocaust is dressing up as a member of the Waffen SS. It was ridiculous. Then he started complaining that the issue of why he’d dress up as a Nazi is irrelevant and a waste of time, a distraction being promoted by the people who brought you Obamacare, etc. Brooke Baldwin appropriately cut him off. Hard to believe that the GOP voters in his district actually nominated him. Maybe they didn’t know about his little Hitler act.

    Sieg heil, Rich. You teabagger.

  2. GuidorfGodofBiscuits
    October 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

    He cannot ‘explain away’ his reasons for participating in Nazi re-enactments any more than a candidate who might’ve participated in KKK lynching re-enactments could. If Obama were photographed wearing a Nazi uniform, the country would have a conniption. No double standard here…

  3. ergowend
    October 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Yes I defend Richard Iott’s right to expression as much as I am ashamed he is from my great state of Ohio, am horrified he has the gall to run for office in the heartland and also as quickly as I would gouge my own eyes out before I would vote for him. Iott does need to take the American flag pin he wears on his lapel off and slap on that swastika that he proudly defends. Be a man and stand behind what you believe,sir. He needs to stand behind the fact he is not just reenacting a battle as some try and say, but he actually belongs to a group-a band of like minded Nazi brothers. It is his right as an American to voice his love and awe for an imperialistic militiary power that swept through Europe, decimating not only human life but cultural and historic centers. It is an anti-america sentiment to find that a great thing but not anti-american to voice your opinion no matter how contrary to the precious values of this nation. One thing he is right about is it was a group of people fighting for freedom and rights- the freedom to wipe others out and take their rights along with their land and sovereignty and so on and so on.

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