The Florida Democratic Party claimed it was an “oversight” when it put Republican Allen West’s Social Security number in its attack mailer.
The Florida Democratic Party mailer attacks West for having an $11,081 tax lien in 2005 that was paid off four months later. The lien notice was pulled from public records in Indiana and reproduced in the mailer with West’s wife’s name removed, his address blacked out, but his nine-digit Social Security number left intact.
West called the incident “an unprecedented new low in American politics.” He is challenging reprehensible incumbent Ron Klein in a race that has received national attention.
“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. 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.”—Allen West
Klein spokeswoman Melissa Silverman said the Florida Democratic Party “will take appropriate action to rectify the situation,” but refused to answer whether Klein’s campaign had been consulted about the mailer or had known about it in advance.
The West camp is looking into the possibility of legal action.
Why pray tell would Democrats stoop to personal attacks against their Republican opponents when they could run on their sparkling legislative achievements that have done so much to stimulate the economy, create and save jobs, and reduce health care costs?
For more on the story, see Dems include West social security number in flier, call it ‘oversight’ By George Bennett.