Apparently, Republican Congressional candidate Rich Iott, in the Ohio 9 race, is a Nazi sympathizer.
And, that's not just standard-fare Leftist characterizations of Republicans in a last-minute effort to win. No, this comes from "respected" Atlantic senior Editor Joshua Green (ok, that was sarcasm - the Atlantic is a Liberal, bought-and-paid-for-by-democrats rag).
It seems that the Atlantic has actual photos of Iott in German SS uniforms. This is their smoking gun. Iott in German SS (Wiking Division) garb. Therefore, he's a Nazi!
If I'm writing this, you know there's a truth in here somewhere.
The truth is that Iott is a WW2 re-enactor, and he sometimes plays the role of a member of the Waffen SS, Wiking Division. He has also portrayed US infantrymen and other good-guy roles. Hey, someone has to play the bad guys in these historical re-enactments, otherwise, I imagine they get kind of, well, boring?
I know these kind of guys, and Iott is also a Colonel in the Guard, and some guys have a thing for accuracy in re-enactments, and there are more than a few guys who have some deep respect for the German army. This group has a point, these units were well-trained and skilled warfighters who taught much to the us, Brits and Russians, even after WW2.
The bottom line is this is a hit piece. I started by saying it's not standard-fare name-calling, but, that's really all it is, with just a little more of prurient interest to move it along.
Nancy Kaptur (the D incumbent) is not interested in defending her record, can't defend her record, and Iott was closing the gap against her. The Atlantic has decided, as I suppose it should, as a mouthpiece of the Left, to try to gin this up.
Here's hoping it backfires on these a-holes. For more context, here's a good post from NRO's Battle 10. Ann Althouse also has some great commentary.