Boehner embraces Nazi dressing candidate

Boehner endorses Ohio GOP House candidate criticized for Nazi reenactment

Saturday, October 30, 2010

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Saturday met privately with Republicans in a northern Ohio county and endorsed Rich Iott, the GOP House candidate who has drawn criticism for having participated in a Nazi reenactment group devoted to a Waffen SS division.

Boehner met behind closed doors with GOP volunteers in Lucas County to thank them for their work, the Toledo Blade reported. He entered the GOP headquarters in downtown Toledo via a rear loading dock to avoid protesters, according to a report on the Blade's Web site.

"This is the biggest call center that we have in the state, and I want to say on behalf of the Republican team, thank you, thank you, thank you very much," Boehner said, according to a video of the event shown to the Blade.

The video shows Boehner urging the volunteers to continue their work on behalf of the members of the GOP ticket, and naming Iott on that list, the Blade reported.

Iott, a businessman making his first run for office, is trying to unseat Democrat Marcy Kaptur in Ohio's heavily Democratic 9th District. His participation in the re-enactment group - beginning in 2003 and continuing for several years - has drawn criticism from a Holocaust survivors group as well as from House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Asked if he would support Boehner as speaker if he wins the election Tuesday and Republicans take control of the House, Iott said, "I don't know. We'll have to wait and see."

Boehner visits Toledo, backs Iott for House
Minority leader lauds volunteers in visit to GOP 'victory center'
Oct. 31, 2010

John Boehner, the U.S. House minority leader who could soon become speaker, Saturday thanked volunteers at the Lucas County Republican Party "victory center" and gave a closed-door endorsement to Rich Iott, GOP candidate for the 9th Congressional District.

"This is the biggest call center that we have in the state, and I want to say on behalf of the Republican team, thank you, thank you, thank you very much," Mr. Boehner said, according to a video recording of the closed-door event shown to The Blade.

Protesters yelled from across the street at Mr. [Rich] Iott and waved signs attacking both Mr. Boehner and Mr. Iott. One sign pictured them together under the heading, "We Want Tax Breaks for the Rich."

A sign was decorated with swastikas, but Mary Chris Skeldon, spokesman for [his opponent, Marcy] Kaptur and one of the demonstrators, said she asked the man to remove the symbols. "We were not happy about that," she said.

The Iott campaign also issued a prepared statement warmly thanking Lucas County Republican Chairman Jon Stainbrook for his committee's work on his behalf.

NOTE - Democrat Marcy Kaptur easily won the election.

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