Evidently this was talked about tonight on Bill Maher’s show on HBO. I don’t have cable, so I didn’t watch the program but CBS news LINK reported that Joshua Green at The Atlantic LINK revealed this on television tonight.
The Atlantic article says it was posted at 10:00 p.m. Part of it:
An election year already notable for its menagerie of extreme and unusual candidates can add another one: Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, who for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.
Iott, whose district lies in Northwest Ohio, was involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, whose members are devoted to re-enacting the exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, which fought mainly on the Eastern Front during World War II. Iott’s participation in the Wiking group is not mentioned on his campaign’s website, and his name and photographs were removed from the Wiking website.
When contacted by The Atlantic, Iott confirmed his involvement with the group over a number of years, but said his interest in Nazi Germany was historical and he does not subscribe to the tenets of Nazism. “No, absolutely not,” he said. “In fact, there’s a disclaimer on the [Wiking] website. And you’ll find that on almost any reenactment website. It’s purely historical interest in World War II.”
Updated — LINK to Toledo Free Press coverage. I did some searching through archives of the Wiking.org website to contribute to the story that’s been reported. The first update contains information from a Kaptur campaign release.