GOP Leaders Repudiate Candidate Pictured In Nazi Regalia
As I noted yesterday, Rich Iott, a Republican running in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District against long-time Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur got himself in trouble when photos were made public of him wearing the uniform of a notorious SS Panzer Division as part of a World War Two reenactment group.
This morning, the number two Republican in the House pretty much threw Iott under the bus:
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said he would “repudiate” the GOP House candidate in Ohio who belongs to a Nazi war reenactment group.
Democrats have attacked Republican leaders for supporting Rich Iott, a candidate Ohio’s 9th district who takes part in World War II reenactments while wearing SS uniforms as if he’s a member of the Nazi military.
Cantor on “Fox News Sunday” said that he “would absolutely repudiate that and not support an individual to do something like that.”
“You know good and well I don’t support anything like that,” added Cantor, who is Jewish.
Last night, Iott’s name and information were removed from the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” website as well.
Iott is running in a district that both Charlie Cook and The Rothenberg Report list as Solid Democratic, so it’s unlikely he would’ve won anyway. Obviously, however, the GOP doesn’t want him associated with candidates who might actually have a shot at unseating Democratic incumbents.