Saturday, October 9, 2010
Please meet Rich Iott. He’s the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District and a Tea Party darling. So why is this clown sporting Nazi drag?
According to The Atlantic, Iott regularly wears a German Waffen SS uniform and participates in Nazi re-enactments.
Iott, whose district is in NW Ohio, is involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, and its members are devoted to re-enacting exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, which fought mainly on the Eastern Front during World War II.
His campaign’s website fails to mention his peculiar fetish. I wonder why?
The Atlantic contacted Iott who confirmed his involvement with the group. He claims his interest in Nazi Germany is historical in nature and he doesn’t consider himself to be a Nazi. “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.”
But it gets even stranger. Iott participated in the group under his own name but also, under the alias “Reinhard Pferdmann,” which Iott described as being his German alter ego. “Part of the reenactor’s [experience],” Iott said, “is the living-history part, of really trying to get into the persona of the time period. In many, not just in our unit, but in many units what individuals do is create this person largely based on a Germanized version of their name, and a history kind of based around your own real experiences. ‘Reinhard’ of course is ‘Richard’ in German. And ‘Pferdmann,’ ‘pferd’ is a horse. So it’s literally ‘horse man.'”
Seriously? Horse man? Is Iott referring to a part of his male anatomy? In any case, this is one House race this blog will be watching closely. Let’s hope when the voters of NW Ohio go to the polls, they reject Reinhard Pferdmann Rich Iott and his Nazi-loving ways.