Allegrini: Is Rich Iott toxic?Written by Scott Allegrini | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael S. Miller’s Oct. 17 editorial, “Iott should exit, stage reich,” calling for Rich Iott to bow out of the District 9 U.S. House Race, caught me by surprise. He is the editor in chief of the only local paper I can stand to read. It made me think, “Is Iott that toxic from one photo and some less-than-stellar media performances? Can a picture make that much difference?”
The answer is, yes it can. Think about Dukakis and the tank, Gary Hart and Donna Rice. Is Rich Iott toxic now? Yes and No.
Yes he is, to the main stream media and those who get their news and opinion from the likes of CNN, Keith Olbermann, The New York Times and The Blade. Nothing is sexier to the mainstream media than a conservative they can call a Nazi; they will run it and keep running it until they find another conservative to stick a knife into. So yes, to the media elites and those who live on the coasts, Iott is toxic.
But so what? Do Anderson Cooper, The Atlantic, CNN and Olbermann really care about what happens in District 9? Does it impact their lives? Their jobs? Their taxes? No. All they care about is that they can call a conservative a Nazi and plaster the picture everywhere. Rush Limbaugh calls them the “drive by media,” and this is why. They come in, fire the shots and then drive off to the next story. To hell with the collateral damage.
No, Iott is not toxic to those who care about things other than what the media thinks of us. We are conservatives and we are used to the media calling us names. Those who live in Northwest Ohio understand that what really brings shame and embarrassment to us is Marcy Kaptur.
Some of Ms. Kaptur’s greatest hits:
1. On the earmark ban to for-profit companies, “The ban struck a balance between retaining a role for the legislative branch in funding while eliminating any potential for abuse.” Then the next day she encourages her donors to set up “nonprofits” so that she can funnel earmarks their way.
4. Her vote for the Cap and Trade Bill that will destroy Ohio’s economy.
6. She votes for the auto bailout but against TARP. Either you favor bailouts or you don’t; which is it? What are Kaptur’s principles? Or do her principles depend on who contributes to her? See, Ms. Kaptur is bought and paid for by the unions. So, is that why she voted for the auto bailout as opposed to others? Principles matter and hers stink of pay-for-play politics.
Ms. Kaptur is a much bigger embarrassment to Northwest Ohio than 100 pictures of Iott dressing up as a Nazi. That being said, I don’t think that the Iott campaign has handled the media scrutiny very well; for goodness sake, what was that interview with Anderson Cooper? Iott comes off as appearing to be defending these butchers!
We have a choice to make. Do we accept the status quo or do we change the paradigm? Do we cower in the corner as the drive-by media comes in or do we stand up and say no more to CNN, Olbermann, The Blade. They don’t have to live here and suffer the consequence of Ms. Kaptur.
They expect us to cower and go away, because that is what we have always done. It is gut-check time! So do we stand up for conservative ideas or do we fold at the first sign of the drive-bys? The choice is yours to make, but understand the choice you make will affect your children, grandchildren and all of Northwest Ohio.
I respect Miller and the work Toledo Free Press does, but I disagree that Iott could embarrass NW Ohio even half as much as Ms. Kaptur has for 28 years. The media storm will pass, and once the drive-bys move on we will be left to assess the collateral damage, and that damage could be to the Constitution and our liberties.
Scott Allegrini is co-founder of The Children of Liberty.