Re-enactment enthusiast launches Iott donation siteWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
A local re-enactment enthusiast is calling on re-enactors worldwide to come to the defense of Rich Iott.
The Congressional candidate has been under fire recently after photographs surfaced of him wearing a Nazi uniform at re-enactment events.
John McAvoy of Toledo, a member of Children of Liberty, sent the e-mail asking re-enactors to visit his website, www.reenactorsforiott.com, or his Facebook page, “Re-enactors support Rich Iott,” to support the candidate and defend their shared hobby.
The sites, which are McAvoy’s personal projects and not affiliated with any group, went public Oct. 14.
“Its my hope that this will spike the incoming contributions, and also serve to counter the spin blogs,” McAvoy wrote in the e-mail, subject-lined “Re-enactors name trashed because he participated in WWII re-enactment.”
“Our historical hobby is being trashed by some slimeball claiming just because someone performs the part of a German Officer during a re-enactment, then they must be a Nazi sympathizer,” the e-mail continues.
The e-mail and website point the blame at Iott’s opponent, Marcy Kaptur.
“She is trying to assassinate his character by claiming he’s a Nazi sympathizer, and has gone to the extreme of painting Swastika on Rich Iott signs,” the e-mail reads.
The website includes a place to send donations — “ whatever you can afford to help Rich Iott defend his name and our hobby,” McAvoy writes in the e-mail.
As of Oct. 15, the group had 27 fans on Facebook.
McAvoy said he has been involved in restoring historical Soviet and German aircraft for decades, and participates in air battle re-enactments.
“I’ve been talking to re-enactors on the phone and each one of them is just as pissed off as me,” McAvoy told Toledo Free Press. “Each one has assured me they will support Rich and fight this thing.”