Nazi Reenactor Rich Iott Donated to Josh Mandel’s Campaign

A 2010 Republican Congressional candidate involved in a World War II reenactment group and dressed in a Nazi uniform gave $1,000 to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Mandel is Jewish.

Rich Iott, who challenged Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) gave Mandel, a Republican, the donation on September 5. Mr. Iott was dropped by the House Republicans “Young Guns” program in 2010 after the Toledo Blade reported that his name appeared in a group that re-enacts the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.
Mr. Iott told a reporter that he does not subscribe to the tenets of Nazism. Still, then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor said he would “not support an individual that would do something like that.” Rep. Cantor is Jewish.

4 comments on “Nazi Reenactor Rich Iott Donated to Josh Mandel’s Campaign

  1. So, following the same logic, Civil War reenactors who wear Confederate uniforms are racists, Revolutionary War reenactors who wear British uniforms are disloyal to the United States and think we sould be a colony of Britian again, etc. etc. Why does it never come up that Iott also reenacted WWII American, WWI American, and both sides of the Civil War? Do you think that the guys might just have been interested in history?

    • The post does not make the logical leap that Mr. Iott is a Nazi; it actually cites his denial of such beliefs.
      However, if an elected official were to (to borrow your example) wear a Confederate uniform, I would find that extremely inappropriate as well. There is a difference between being interested in history and reenacting some of the worst atrocities in human history.

      • A few of issues with your logic: First off, Iott was not an elected official but a civilain with no political ambitions at the time of his participation in those events. Secondly, if you look at the original photo which created the controversy you will note that he was standing with a gentleman in a British uniform. So it was obviously some sort of history related event. And thirdly, during WWII the Russians slaughtered over 25,000,000 Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Estonians, etc. but no one accuses them of atrocities… you see, they were on our side! I am not condoning what the Germans did at all. I am just pointing out that the victors write the history books.

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