At the top of the list is the attack by the Florida Democratic party and incumbent US Rep. Ron Klien (D) against Lt. Col. Allen West (R). The West family is experiencing the horror of identity theft!
A slanderous mailer sent by the State Democratic Party to 1,000's of people in Broward and Palm Beach Counties included West's Social Security number. The mailer included a copy of a 2005 Tax Lien, West's wife's name and their address were blacked out but the identifying number (SS #) was not! The lien came from records in Indiana. The debt was paid off 4 months later.
Eric Jotkoff , spokesman for the Florida Democrats had the following to say:
"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."
Allen West responded in a letter to his Florida constituents:
"Incumbent Ron Klein has just sunk to an unprecedented new low in American politics. Klein has sent my social security number to voters all across Florida's 22nd Congressional District.
I understand politics is a tough business. I expect to be challenged about my ideas, my beliefs. But Ron Klein has clearly crossed a line. Our lawyers are reviewing what legal action is available to my family."
To me this is the most low-down underhanded action any political party can do. Klein is playing the dumb and innocent part, claiming he did not know anything about it.
All the political ads and mailers I have seen say: "I am _______ and I approve this ad."
I guess the Dem Party must have omitted that statement. I find it hard to believe any party or candidate would send out something like that. A full investigation should be made. If they want to play politics like this, then they have no place in our government.
Dems and Republicans alike should be angered by what happened to West and his family. There is no place in government for actions like this. This is truly the action of scum and sewer politics.
Show your support for Allen West, visit his website, show him your support and make a contribution to his campaign to see that this kind of scum does not get elected.