Last Friday The Atlantic’s Josh Green revealed on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher that Ohio Republican nominee Rich Iott is a member of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division, a group of Ohio World War II reenactors. In other words, he dresses up like a Nazi and acts as one in his spare time.
Up until now, Iott has appeared on a list of the Republican “Contenders” candidates on their “Young Guns” website. After his Nazi reenactment history was revealed, Iott quietly “disappeared” from the website.
Over the weekend on FOX-GOP-TV, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz called out the Republicans for their “extreme” candidates, and in particular calling out Eric Cantor during the broadcast for doing so. Cantor denied supporting such candidates:
“Now Debbie went and launched into her attacks as to some of the reports about candidates that are running, particularly the one in Ohio having to do with a Nazi reenactment,” Cantor said. “She knows that I would absolutely repudiate that and do not support an individual that would do something like that.”
“Well you haven’t,” Wasserman-Schultz said.
However, the “Young Guns” website still supports other “extreme candidates” just as it did Iott before pictures of him dressed in Nazi uniforms were made public.
Daniel Webster: Also known as “Taliban Dan” who associates with radical Christian Reconstructionism and has extreme religious views on women and marriage. Besides stoning imposed on those who commit murder, adultery and witchcraft, Webster is also a supporter of “covenant marriage.”
Allen West: West claims we’re under a “tyrannical government” that he’s compared to the Nazi’s and encourages violence. He’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He also claims to have higher security clearance higher than the President in spite of facing a court martial over brutal interrogations, and he claims he threatened to kill a man in Iraq, among other things.
David Rivera: Where to begin? This BFF of former pre-foreclosure roommate Marco Rubio has been involved in alleged domestic violence, and violence in general. Among the allegations, crashing into a mail truck and running it off the road to prevent the spread and mailing of campaign flyers by his opponent.
Tom Ganley: Ganley is being sued by a Tea Party activist who alleges that Ganley sexually assaulted her at one of his dealerships. Among the allegations are that Ganley “wanted to parade her on a leash and have sex with her in front of his “play friends.” (The entire complaint can be read here.)
Will the GOP be denouncing these candidates as well, or just hope no one notices unless they too begin modeling Nazi attire?