Editor’s Note – Note sure whether the original action or the snide apology afterwards is worse?
Clearly, the Democrats are beginning to crack under the pressure of being behind in poll after poll and with most experts predicting major losses in November.
There’s an old saying that a person’s true character comes out in pressure situations and, in this case, the Democrat Party is being found wanting. I suppose it’s tough to be engaged in a battle of ideas based on values and principles when you possess neither.
Fla. Dems Reveal Opponent’s SSN
By Kasie Hunt
The Florida Democratic Party has offered to pay to protect Republican congressional candidate Allen West from identity theft because it sent out a mailer featuring his Social Security number.
West, a retired Army colonel and YouTube sensation running against Rep. Ron Klein, was hit with a tax lien — since paid — in 2005, and the state party attacked him for it and other financial problems in a mailer sent out to 22nd District voters over the weekend.
The piece featured a photo of an IRS document showing the tax lien — and while West’s address was blacked out, his Social Security number and his wife’s Employment Identification Number were clearly visible.
“Ron Klein has clearly crossed a line. I’m not yet sure the potential damage that might come to my wife and me, and it makes me sick to think of what could happen to my daughters. My entire family is at risk of identity theft,” West said in a statement about the mailer.
The state Democratic Party called West’s claims about his children “bizarre” and called his concern about the mailer “another moment of West’s paranoia.”
Still, it agreed to pay for identity theft monitoring for two years, and party officials apologized — sort of.
“After making every effort to remove all of Allen West’s private information, unlike West who refuses to apologize to Florida’s taxpayers for not paying his taxes and his bills, we apologize for the oversight of not redacting this information from the public record included in the mailer,” the party said in a released statement.
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