Wednesday, October 20, 2010

He's not what he alludes to

Rich Iott, Republican House candidate in Ohio's 9th District, appears to be overstating his case.
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.”

But Mr. Iott's claim to be a member of the military, when he was never on active duty, have rankled those serving in or retired from the armed forces.

Retired Ohio Adjutant General John Smith, a Vietnam veteran who was once commander of the 180th Air National Guard fighter wing based at Toledo, said the OMR has no role in the national defense and has never been called up for duty.

“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.

Update: Iott lost to Democratic Incumbent Marcy Kaptur.



At 31 October, 2010 20:38, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a) I used to be a member of the New York Naval Militia. Never could figure out what they did - and don't think they did anything at all - but I still have my ID card from them.

b) For never serving a day on active duty that is a lot of decorations - far more than I ever got.

Mr. Ed

At 07 November, 2010 09:24, Anonymous ttv said...

Wow! well, that's your opinion which is subject to have a proof.

At 07 November, 2010 10:09, Anonymous escalante blogger said...

well, he's a true officer.

At 10 November, 2010 13:17, Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Well now that he's lost he can go from pretending to be an American Officer to his more favored Nazi Officer.


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