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.
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