Dane Deutsch was a Wisconsin state Senate candidate. In March 2010, he tweeted, "Hitler and Lincoln were both strong leaders. Lincoln's character made him the greater leader whose legacy and leadership still lives on!"
According to the Associated Press, Deutsch later explained that he only meant to contrast Lincoln's "righteous character" with the considerably less upright one of the dictator of Nazi Germany.
The explanation did nothing to put the controversy to rest, and Deutsch lost the 2010 election to his opponent, Democrat Robert Jauch.