Boehner endorses Ohio GOP House candidate criticized for Nazi reenactment

Saturday, October 30, 2010; 8:39 PM


Boehner endorses Nazi reenactor Iott

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."

Staff reports

Rhode island

Democrat pulls back on 'shove it' remark

Rhode Island Democrat Frank Caprio, who on Monday said President Obama could "shove it," now says he wishes he had "chosen different language" in reacting to the news that Obama would not endorse him in that state's gubernatorial race.

In an e-mail statement Saturday, Caprio said that, while he was surprised by Obama's decision, he respected it.

Obama decided not to endorse in the race out of respect to Lincoln Chafee, the independent candidate who endorsed him in 2008. On Monday, Caprio said Obama could "take his endorsement and really shove it."

Associated Press


Democrat exits stage as wife goes into labor

Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) ran offstage Saturday during a speech by Bill Clinton after the congressman received word that his pregnant wife had gone into labor.

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