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John Boehner to Appear at Rally With Candidate Who Dressed as Nazi

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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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