Ohhhh dear. Is that what we can expect from the Tea Party? And here I was starting to think they had become boring. Yeah, suuuure it’s just WWII reenactments and cosplay. Nice.
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. “No, absolutely not,” he said. “In fact, there’s a disclaimer on the [Wiking] website. And you’ll find that on almost any reenactment website. It’s purely historical interest in World War II.”
via The Atlantic
Yes, of course I know this doesn’t make him a Nazi. I’m just jabbin’ ya, Rich! But still…why in the world would you do this while trying to survive in the worlds of politics? Especially when running as a Tea Party Republican type? What a fuckin’ loon!