by Javier ManjarresWhat is that old saying? Ahhh, yes- “Desperate times call for desperate measures”. This saying seems to fit the Ron Klein for Congress Campaign and the Florida Democratic Party like a glove after the Florida Democrat Party released Allen West’s Social Security number in a paid mailer. The mailer republished a tax lien against West that clearly showed his ‘identifying number’- West’s personal social security number, yet the Florida Democrat Party did not edit or blur the number out in the mailing. The Democrats and Klein are already in serious trouble in this poor economic climate, but a personal attack of this nature is particularly galling, and it puts West’s personal information at risk to thieves who routinely practice identity theft. This type of gutter political attack is surely going to backfire, and it certainly will not deflect from the fact that Ron Klein and the rest of the Democrat Caucus in Congress overwhelmingly supported the Obama Stimulus and his disastrous Healthcare bill. Both men are obviously locked in a heated race in Florida’s Congressional District 22
West called the mailer “an unprecedented new low in American politics.” (Palm Beach Post-George Bennett)
Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff responded by accusing West of “paranoia” and adding: “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. To end, while this mail piece does not explicitly identify any Social Security number, in order to stop the crazy West accusations, we will pay for identify theft monitoring for the next two years.” (Palm Beach Post-George Bennett)
Nice job of defending the indefensible, Eric.
ICYMI- Allen West called out the Florida Democrat Party last week in vintage West form.