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John Boehner pressured to return Rich Iott donations over Nazi re-enactment allegations

US House Speaker John Boehner is under pressure to return a couple of thousand dollars allegedly donated to his campaign by Rich Iott, a man who allegedly wore an SS Nazi uniform while taking part in historical re-enactments.

Rich Iott ran as a Republican for Ohio’s Congressional District in 2010, but the Nazi re-enactment allegations are seen as part of the reason for his eventual defeat. Iott has insisted that he simply took part in historical re-enactments in order to bond with his son, but a number of groups – including the National Jewish Democratic Council – have called on Boehner to return any donations that might have been made.

Boehner has so far not commented on the controversy, but critics argue that as third in line to the presidency (should anything happen to both Barack Obama and Joe Biden) he should be setting an example by disassociating himself with anything that might be offensive to Jews. Others say, however, that Rich Iott did nothing wrong and that such historical re-enactments are not wrong. After all, if you’re re-enacting the Second World War, someone has to play the Nazis…

About Michael R. Gideon

Writer, teacher, dog walker, guitarist, husband, father, reader, journalist etc. I mainly write at 100gf | Politics and Computers, but occasionally at other sites such as TV Vomit and Indie Bookspot. My Google Plus profile.

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