It’s all fun and games until pictures of you posing as an SS butcher surfaces:

From the Toledo Blade’s editorial page, Iott has a “Tea Party” civil rights problem, too:

During a recent debate, 9th Congressional District candidate Rich Iott was indecisive about whether he would have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I was surprised to hear that — and disturbed.
The 1964 act prohibits race discrimination in education, employment, and places of public accommodation, as well as discrimination on the basis of sex, national origin, and religion in employment. It is one of the highlights in the history of federal lawmaking.

Questioning the 1964 Civil Rights Act falls into this category. When Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for U.S. senator from Kentucky, criticized the act, the negative response he received caused him to back off his position.

Apparently Mr. Iott, also a Republican, has now spoken in support of the act. Nonetheless, I am disturbed that these candidates seem to value their anti-government ideology over what is best for the American people.

During the debate, Iott couldn’t explain why the NRCC reported a donation he made to them listed his employer as the State of Ohio and his occupation as “soldier.”  Iott is in the National Guard, but has never been on active duty.  There seems to be some question as to exactly what Iott does for a living when he isn’t playing make believe Nazi SS trooper because….

Iott, who is running on jobs, finally admitted that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to sell his family business (which is bankrolling his imploding campaign) only to see the purchaser close all of its profitable stores, thus killing jobs and a local business landmark.

How bad has it gotten for Iott?  His campaign website is using the ol’ “some of my best friends are Jewish” defense.

Cascade failure.

  • Shalom Brian,

    As an 11-year veteran of the U.S. military, I just want to clear up a minor point: If Iott is a member of the Ohio Army National Guard then he has spent a minimum of two weeks per year on active duty for each year of his service.

    I have mixed feelings about the whole re-enactment issue because we have to extend the question to those people who participate in American Civil War re-enactments as Confederate soldiers.

    I think there is a difference between the fantasy/romance of such groups and the meta political/social realities of those periods in History.



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  • Anonymous

    I was aware of that, but Iott himself said in the Blade:
    “Mr. Iott said he was mystified as to how that came to be. He holds the rank of colonel in the Ohio Military Reserve, a unit of the Ohio Adjutant General’s office, that has trained for years, but has never been activated for duty.”

    Now, instead of the Guard, is he talking about the state militia instead? I’m confused.

  • Anastasjoy

    Maybe one of his “best friends” is Josh Mandel!

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