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Minority Leader John Boehner, the man who would likely be speaker if the GOP wins control of the House, is planning to campaign in northwest Ohio with Rich Iott, a candidate who gained notoriety for dressing in a Nazi SS uniform for World War II reenactments.

Boehner, an Ohioan, has donated $7,000 to Iott's campaign against Rep. Marcy Kaptur and is scheduled to appear at a rally with him on Sunday in Toledo, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. A spokesman for Boehner's Freedom Project PAC said his appearance is aimed at supporting "the local Republican Party's get-out-the-vote efforts." The aide, Don Seymour, told the newspaper that Boehner "has been on the road headlining rallies for Republican candidates in Ohio and across the country . . . and he'll continue his busy campaign schedule."

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)But Boehner's willingness to stand with Iott distances him from his second-in-command, Minority Whip Eric Cantor, who has denounced Iott and said he could "not support a candidate that would do something like that." Iott, who has left the reenactment group, said he participated in exercises depicting SS battles against the Red Army solely for historical purposes.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee jumped on the news of Boehner's plans to attend the rally. "John Boehner's stubborn embrace of this Nazi enthusiast insults the memory of the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust and our nation's veterans who sacrificed to defend our freedom," the DCCC said in a statement.

Kaptur is favored to win reelection to a 15th term on Tuesday.

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Rob & Kathy

The Dems have no shame. This was a historical reinactment. He also dressed as a U.S. WWII paratrooper. Strange they didn't bother to mention that...

October 29 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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kimbillj

And i guess the hollicost never happened either? Shame on you for being so nearsighted and narrowminded. They are counting on people like you to regain their power, so they can continue to ask you to bend over and cough.

November 11 2010 at 6:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
we love mario!!!

Obama is finished. Next he will be impeached!!

October 28 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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kimbillj

WL Mario--don't count ur chickens before they're hatched. You Republican right winger's are living the pipe dream for now...let's see who you nominate for your party's candidate, first. If it's Sarah Palin--Obama will be in for 4 more years.

November 11 2010 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

Boehner will push for impeachment. That would put him very close to the Presidency.

October 28 2010 at 8:10 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

Boehner promises to end Healthcare Reform and allow the insurance companies to charge whatever they want, and deny whoever they want. The small business tax credit for HCR will end also. This is apparently what the republican Tea Party wants. Do you agree with them?

October 28 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

Boehner and McConnell are promising to shut down government immediately if they don't get what they want. It doesn't matter. If they GET what they want, they will shut down government. In fact, the government will shut down just based on their policy.

October 28 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

Having a fringe right wing lunatic as speaker should scare he daylights out of you. He wants to return to Bushonomics and Bush Healthcare.

October 28 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kat2988

Didn't Tom Cruise dress up like a nazi for Valkre, it was a movie, this was a re enactment, liberals do you know what a reenactment is? It's like a play, understand, wow.

October 28 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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ddamato183

its a choice..you dont get PAID for it...like a play?..Mel Brooks did a "play"...watch The Producers...that's how ridiculous this man Iott is...a farce...understand that...

October 28 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cpadmitchell

Tom Cruise gets paid to act. The candidate individually chose to dress in a uniform despised and feared throuout the world. Maybe to someone biased, there is no difference.

October 29 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ziegler21wp

As a point of information, this group is different from the Civil War reenactments etc. They ONLY dress up as Nazis and call themselves the Vikings in honor of a particular Waffen-SS Unit.

October 28 2010 at 4:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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tausands

I looked them up too ziegler21wp. Like you I discovered they were not just re-enacting wars but, instead glorifying a group that at best could be described as traitors who joined the Nazis to help them invade their own homelands. Disgusting, isn't it?

October 28 2010 at 6:17 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
christierandall

I am not sure if using the words "in honor of" should be used when referring to Nazis

October 28 2010 at 6:27 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Kat2988

Aol always trying to start somethin, it isn't going to help you guys at this point, the polls are heading for a GOP sweep, blame Obama and Pelosi and leave Boehner alone he didn't do anything.

October 28 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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tausands

I'd rather blame the bought-out media, the multiple conservative radio stations that spread nothing but hate and lies and the completely false accusations by the leading Republicans like Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity that the actually-right-wing media seems to love to put on TV every thirty seconds.

October 28 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Donna

Old news. Who cares.

October 28 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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ziegler21wp

I care. It shows an astonishing lack of common sense on Representative Boehner's part.

October 28 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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