Over the past five years Stein's organisation, Republican Party Animals, drew hundreds to regular events in and around Los Angeles, making him a darling of conservative blogs and talkshows. That he made respected documentaries on the Holocaust added intellectual cachet and Jewish support to Stein's cocktail of politics, irreverence and rock and roll.
There was just one problem. Stein was not who he claimed. His real name can be revealed for the first time publicly – a close circle of confidants only found out the truth recently – as David Cole. And under that name he was once a reviled Holocaust revisionist who questioned the existence of Nazi gas chambers. He changed identities in January 1998.
[via Guardian UK]
Oh, man. It's going to be kind of fun, guessing which conservatives and republicans were hanging out with this guy. As the article notes, there is a mad scramble in Hollywood to erase any evidence of friendships with Cole, or any attendance at his Republican Party Animals events. And in case it seems unfair to dredge up the folly of his youth? He says he still believes the holocaust wasn't as bad as historians know it was.