Democrats Slam GOP ‘Young Guns’ For Their Treatment Of Women, Nazi Fan

Republican candidates running for the House as part of the GOP’s “Young Guns” have a widespread record of “contempt, violence towards women, and wildly extreme policies towards women,” according to the House campaign arm of the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) also notes Richard Iott, the Republican who reportedly dons Nazi uniforms, is a Young Guns member.

The Young Guns program is a recruitment and training program for House Republicans affiliated with the GOP leadership.

In a statement, the DCCC cites a recent report about GOP Young Gun Tom Ganley (Ohio) being sued by a potential campaign volunteer for attempted rape and sexual assault comes on the heels of recent reports about other highly NRCC touted Young Guns and candidates including Jeff Perry (Mass.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Brad Zaun (Iowa), Dan Benishek (Mich.), David Rivera (Fla.), Keith Fimian (Va.), Dan Debicella (Conn.), and Dan Webster (Fla.)

“It sends women across the country a chilling message when House Republican leadership promotes the campaigns of their Republican recruits with allegations of attempted rape, sexual assault, restraining orders, and other violent behavior towards women,” says Jennifer Crider, DCCC spokeswoman. “Our mothers, daughters, and sisters deserve better than Republican leadership that not only tolerates this contemptible behavior, but actively seeks out candidates like this and promotes them.”

The DCCC cites a recent report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer which says a woman has filed a suit against Ganley for sexual assault. Ganley allegedly met with the woman, who was interested in volunteering for his Senate campaign and talking about her car payments, when he propositioned and sexually assaulted her in his private office.

Ganley received $18,500 from GOP leadership to support his candidacy, the DCCC says, citing CQ Moneyline.

Meanwhile, the DCCC cites reports from the Cape Cod Times and Boston Globe regarding Massachusetts House hopeful Jeff Perry. A Wareham police sergeant in the early 1990’s, Perry had a role in two disturbing strip search scandals that involved teenage girls, the reports say.

“In one case, Perry was the supervisor at the scene when the officer stuck his hand in a 14-year-old girl’s underwear, ostensibly searching for drugs. In the other, Perry accompanied the same officer to the house of a 16-year-old girl to tell her parents that she had voluntarily pulled down her pants to show she did not have any drugs,” the Globe reports.

The DCCC statement also documents allegations against several other Young Guns: DesJarlais, Zaun, Benishek, David Rivera, Fimian, Debicella, and Webster. All will going before voters in the November general election.

Separately, the DCCC released a statement tying reported Nazi enthusiast and Republican candidate Iott to the Young Guns program.

Iott is running against Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio). The Toledo Blade reports Iott for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.

The DCCC also says that its Republican counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, has since tried to scrub Iott from their site at the same time they have refused comment.

“It sends a chilling message to all Americans, especially to our veterans and to those of the Jewish faith that John Boehner and the Republican leadership in Washington would promote and embrace a candidate that wears the Nazi uniform,” says Ryan Rudominer, national press secretary of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The extremist and fatally flawed candidates promoted by House Republicans that wear Nazi uniforms, had a role in the strip search of teenage girls, are investigated for attempted rape and sexual assault, cheat on their taxes, run trucks off the road, and more do not share the values of hardworking voters trying to make it through these tough economic times.”
Republican candidates running for the House as part of the GOP’s “Young Guns” have a widespread record of “contempt, violence towards women, and wildly extreme policies towards women,” according to the House campaign arm of the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) also notes Richard Iott, the Republican who reportedly dons Nazi uniforms, is a Young Guns member.

The Young Guns program is a recruitment and training program for House Republicans affiliated with the GOP leadership.

In a statement, the DCCC cites a recent report about GOP Young Gun Tom Ganley (Ohio) being sued by a potential campaign volunteer for attempted rape and sexual assault comes on the heels of recent reports about other highly NRCC touted Young Guns and candidates including Jeff Perry (Mass.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Brad Zaun (Iowa), Dan Benishek (Mich.), David Rivera (Fla.), Keith Fimian (Va.), Dan Debicella (Conn.), and Dan Webster (Fla.)

“It sends women across the country a chilling message when House Republican leadership promotes the campaigns of their Republican recruits with allegations of attempted rape, sexual assault, restraining orders, and other violent behavior towards women,” says Jennifer Crider, DCCC spokeswoman. “Our mothers, daughters, and sisters deserve better than Republican leadership that not only tolerates this contemptible behavior, but actively seeks out candidates like this and promotes them.”

The DCCC cites a recent report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer which says a woman has filed a suit against Ganley for sexual assault. Ganley allegedly met with the woman, who was interested in volunteering for his Senate campaign and talking about her car payments, when he propositioned and sexually assaulted her in his private office.

Ganley received $18,500 from GOP leadership to support his candidacy, the DCCC says, citing CQ Moneyline.

Meanwhile, the DCCC cites reports from the Cape Cod Times and Boston Globe regarding Massachusetts House hopeful Jeff Perry. A Wareham police sergeant in the early 1990’s, Perry had a role in two disturbing strip search scandals that involved teenage girls, the reports say.

“In one case, Perry was the supervisor at the scene when the officer stuck his hand in a 14-year-old girl’s underwear, ostensibly searching for drugs. In the other, Perry accompanied the same officer to the house of a 16-year-old girl to tell her parents that she had voluntarily pulled down her pants to show she did not have any drugs,” the Globe reports.

The DCCC statement also documents allegations against several other Young Guns: DesJarlais, Zaun, Benishek, David Rivera, Fimian, Debicella, and Webster. All will going before voters in the November general election.

Separately, the DCCC released a statement tying reported Nazi enthusiast and Republican candidate Iott to the Young Guns program.

Iott is running against Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio). The Toledo Blade reports Iott for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.

The DCCC also says that its Republican counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, has since tried to scrub Iott from their site at the same time they have refused comment.

“It sends a chilling message to all Americans, especially to our veterans and to those of the Jewish faith that John Boehner and the Republican leadership in Washington would promote and embrace a candidate that wears the Nazi uniform,” says Ryan Rudominer, national press secretary of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The extremist and fatally flawed candidates promoted by House Republicans that wear Nazi uniforms, had a role in the strip search of teenage girls, are investigated for attempted rape and sexual assault, cheat on their taxes, run trucks off the road, and more do not share the values of hardworking voters trying to make it through these tough economic times.”

The publisher of the news site On The Hill, Scott Nance has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.

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