I’d thought Richard Iott had been put out to pasture after news broke that his main hobby was Nazi reenacting. After that Rep. Eric Cantor (R) denounced him. And then everything pretty much went down hill from there when he started saying that he didn’t think we were in a position to judge the SS soldiers who did all the cool stuff on the Eastern Front.
But apparently Iott is out of the dog House. And back in John Boehner’s House.
This Saturday John Boehner is going to appear at a special pre-election rally with Iott in Toledo.
From the Iott campaign website …
RALLY WITH LEADER BOEHNER
Oct 30, 2010
When: Saturday, October 30th 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Where: Lucas County GOP Victory Center, 10 S. Superior St, Toledo
Calling all Iott Volunteers! Please join us for this very special pre-election rally with House Minority Leader, John Boehner. What a great way to start off our pre-election weekend. Please wear any Iott gear you may have! Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call 419.324.[xxxx]
I don’t surprise easily. But who exactly told Boehner or someone on Boehner’s staff this would be a good move on the weekend before election day?
And it gets worse. The event announcement on Iott’s website says “please wear any Iott gear you may have!” With any other candidate I’d figure that mean campaign baseball caps and t-shirts. But given Iott’s predilections, who knows? Boehner could end up in a Leni Riefenstahl moment on his hands.
Late Update: When I first saw this story I figured it was the work of some moron staffer who just got his wires crossed and put his boss in a bad spot. I figured they’d be denying it or pulling out before the morning. But Josh Green (who broke the original Iott story) just got a statement from Boehner’s people. And they’re all on board. Totally sticking with it.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.