I thought we'd had some embarrassing political candidates in this part of the state from time to time, but none of them hold a candle to this guy. "Worst Campaign Idea Ever?" asks the headline over the story that pretty much answers, "Oh, yes, it certainly was."
Republican Tony Zirkle, seeking the nomination for the 2nd Congressional District, said he had promised to speak to "any group" in order to be a witness for his Christian belief, so what's the big deal if one of those groups was celebrating Hitler's birthday?
He also told WIMS radio in Michigan City that he didn't believe the event he attended included people necessarily of the Nazi mindset, pointing out the name isn't Nazi, but Nationalist Socialist Workers Party.
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At the event, Hitler's birthday was observed with a cake with a photo of Hitler and the words "Seig Heil."
I suppose he can make a case for speaking to "any group," but how clueless are you if you don't realize the group will make its own use of your visit? Zirkle's speech was detailed at a Web site called Overthrow.com (overthrow of you guess what), and the gathering was described as honoring Hitler and also to "fight America's economic collapse and reinvigorate the white working class."
I do love a good cake story, though.