This email from one of Republican Rich Iott’s business partners is clearly intended to be damage control after the headbanging revelation that Iott has reenacted the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union as a Nazi. The email does as well as can be expected, given its awkward subject matter:
I have known and worked closely with Rich Iott for many years.
First things first; Rich Iott is one of the most pro-Jewish, pro-Israel people I know.
We are business partners and very close personal friends. One of the first things I explained to Rich when we started working together was that I don’t work on Shabbat – the Jewish Sabbath. He said, ”That’s great, I’m glad you take a break every week and spend quality time with your family!”
Rich has been a true friend in a business in which that is very hard to come by. He is the only Executive Producer that I have ever worked with that has wanted to re-negotiate a deal after the fact to improve the terms for me; this is unheard of. “You’ve worked so hard for us,” he told me, “you deserve a bigger piece of the film.”
Rich has been an overnight guest in our Kosher home, his wife Chris, and their children Ian and Devon, are always welcome. My wife especially enjoys visiting with Chris.
When Rich and I were at the Cannes film festival he was excited to join me at an orthodox Shabbat dinner. He had a great time speaking with the Rabbis and we all enjoyed a very festive and spiritual evening.
Anytime the subject comes up Rich is not shy about his stance on Israel and the importance of it remaining a Jewish state. I know he also traveled to Israel to train with their airborne troops.
Anyone who doubts his integrity based on the re-enacting he does, be it Civil War or either of the world wars, is making a big mistake.
Rich Iott is most honorable. I cherish his friendship, and I am proud to endorse his candidacy.