The outgoing San Diego Republican Party head explains a video from the 1980s juxtaposing his image with Hitler and Nazi imagery. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Very weird story. Apparently, San Diego Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric immigrated from Sweden, where he was active as a teen-ager with a hacker group called Fairlight, which broke the DRM on video games – legal in Sweden at the time, Krvaric says.

He hates Nazi imagery, he says, and surfacing the video now is a cheap shot against him by his Republican rivals.

I certainly have my own embarrassing images from my teens, such as the weeks in college where I thought I’d look good in a cowboy hat. (I did not. I looked ridiculous.) I don’t have any Nazi imagery, though.

My objection to Krvaric is that he’s associated with a white supremacist party NOW – not as a teen-ager – the Republican Party.

He often refers to his car as the “Panzer,” a reference to German tanks in World War II. And reportedly his adult son, Viktor Krvaric, expresses support for White supremacist movements, according to the Voice of San Diego.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner