Iott blames Kaptur for leaking ‘Nazi’ photosWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Iott blames his opponent for the 9th Congressional District, Marcy Kaptur, for the leak of photos of him in German Nazi SS uniforms that has caused his campaign national criticism.
“I want to talk about [Kaptur’s] latest coordinated attempt at character assassination,” the Republican said during his opening statement at the Toledo Free Press and FOX Toledo sponsored debate Oct. 11. “You’ve help coordinate an attack on me that has tried to brand me as a Nazi. A Nazi, because I participated in some historical reenactments? That saddens me because you know it’s not true. But, what saddens me even more is that this coordinated attack has shown so much more about you and your character than it does about me.
“It shows me and everyone that you don’t care about the truth. The truth that your first campaign ad was proven to be completely false by two independent agencies and the first debate you still stood proudly by this lie. Then if you think about it you should be my strongest defender because you know these allegations are false. You think you’d be able to rise above the politics and do what’s right. But you’re not. Instead your standing on those lies and you’re doing it all because you’re desperate to hold onto power in Washington DC this is why people hate politics and don’t want to become involved.”
Kaptur said Iott’s opening statement is “unbelievable.” Iott has a history of blaming others for his actions, including blaming Spartan for the loss of jobs at Food Town and a reporter for asking a question about the Civil Rights Act, the Democrat said.
“He can throw his arrows wherever he wants, but in the end he is responsible for his own behavior,” Kaptur said.
Iott said it was important for him to open with the statement the way he did.
“What she has been doing is despicable. It is. And she needed to be put on notice of that, and we’re not going to put up with that,” he told Toledo Free Press post-debate. “We want to talk about issues. In this entire campaign she has not run a television spot about issues.”
Kaptur denies leaking the controversial photos of Iott in the Nazi SS uniform to the media and said the media is who informed her of the issue. Kaptur said she does not know Iott well enough to know if he is a Nazi sympathizer but finds the idea he’d wear a Nazi SS uniform “disturbing.”
“The SS were not soldiers, they were butchers. They killed people and tortured people that I know personally,” she said.
During the debate the Iott was asked about a $500 campaign contribution to the Republican National Committee, on March 19, 2010, that listed the state of Ohio as his employer and his occupation as solider. Iott first responded by stating he doesn’t recall that and would need to be shown documentation.
Upon seeing the documentation he said he couldn’t explain why it was listed the way it was.
“I am a soldier of the state of Ohio, a member of the Ohio Military Reserve and that is true, but that would not be my employer … I don’t know how it got that way,” he said.
Iott said the Ohio Military Reserve is undergoing a change to become an active part of the justice department.
Kaptur said Iott was not a solider and stated she’s never understood Iott’s military background and asked him to explain if he was ever an active duty member of the military or a veteran.
“I have never claimed to be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. And I have never served in the U.S. Armed Forces. All of my service has been in the state government,” Iott said.
The pair also discussed issues of cap and trade, which Kaptur supports and Iott said kills business with higher energy cost. The two touched on the issue of Bush tax cuts which Kaptur supports up to $250,000 for joint filers and $200,000 for single filers, while Iott calls for tax cuts for all because small businesses are often in the group that files more than $200,000.
Iott said the debate reiterates the differences between the two candidates.
“She thinks big government is the answer to everything and I think smaller government is the answer. She thinks the health care bill is great I say the health care bill is going to bankrupt the country,” he said.
Kaptur said her experience within Washington is an asset for the region. She said no freshman congressman would be able to come in and pick up on what she’s been doing and she needs “no on the job training.”
To view the video of the debate, visit www.foxtoledo.com