When it was revealed that Tea Party candidate Rich Iott enjoys dressing up in a Nazi uniform, I wondered if the bigger character issue might be that he consistently lies about his military service. He’s been misleading voters for months.
Mr. Iott, who is running against incumbent Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), is a colonel in the Ohio Military Reserve, an unarmed, volunteer state militia that is authorized by the Ohio Adjutant General.The Monclova Township businessman often mentions his Ohio Military Reserve experience on the campaign trail and in mailings to prospective voters.
One glossy mailing portrays Mr. Iott in civilian and military garb and says, “Rich Iott understands the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made because he serves himself.” Another one says, “Reservist Rich Iott will stand up and fight for our veterans.”
“He’s stretching it in terms of what the Ohio Military Reserve does. He’s giving the impression, I would suggest, that he is involved in matters related to national security and to state matters, and they are not. They are never consulted,” General Smith said. General Smith said it’s unlikely the governor ever will activate the reserve because of the cost of paying a lot of high-ranking reservists.
It’s probably too late to correct the record on Iott, but media might start looking at what is a consistent pattern and practice in the Tea Party: they lie all the time.
Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, Rand Paul, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell, Ginny Thomas.
What do these people have in common, besides membership in the Tea Party?
There’s two weeks to go until the election and there are a whole roster of Tea Party candidates running for the House.
Considering the Tea Party record on honesty that has come to light re: their high-profile races and celebrity spokespeople, I suggest we might start looking at the House candidates.