Now we know what you have to do to get kicked out of the exclusive Republican Young Guns club -- dress up like a Nazi on the weekends.
Republican candidate for Ohio's ninth district House of Representatives seat, Rich Iott, was proudly supported by the Republican National Congressional Committee, until he was outed as a Nazi re-enactor. The RNCC created the Young Guns group of candidates to get behind this midterm election, but apparently they did not vet them properly.
Or did they?
The Young Guns are a motley crew, many of whom have sketchy records of supporting issues specific to women -- to put it mildly.
Young Gun Tom Ganley, also from Ohio, is being sued for sexual assault and attempted rape. Ganley, however, is still on the list.
Jeff Perry, a Massachusetts YG, has been facing down allegations of lying from everything from strip searches to his education.
Iott defends his actions in The Atlantic by saying it was strictly an interest in World War II. A very enthusiastic interest, and seems especially impressed by the Nazi military operation.
Iott, a member of the Ohio Military Reserve, added, "I've always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things. I mean, they took over most of Europe and Russia, and it really took the combined effort of the free world to defeat them. From a purely historical military point of view, that's incredible."
So he's out, understandably. But Perry, Ganley and many more offenders remain.
What kind of criteria do you think the Republican Congressional Committee are using to endorse these crazies?
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