• Democratic Identity Theft on the Rise

    Democrats have been called a lot of things over the years: pinheads, terrorists, surrender monkeys, Volvo-drivers… but it's time to add a new insult to the list.

    Identity thieves.

    It seems that the Idaho Democratic Party inadvertently put out a campaign flier that displayed the Social Security numbers of Republican Congressman Bill Sali and his wife. The flier was critical of Sali for filing his income taxes late and struggling with personal debt. Somehow, the Democrats got hold of the Congressman's tax return (possibly using a Nigerian phishing scheme) and reprinted it, personal information and all.

    The flap could potentially shake up what has been a very competitive election…

    The Democratic Party of Idaho has been criticized this week for publishing the social security numbers of GOP Rep. Bill Sali and his wife. The numbers were printed in a Democratic campaign mailer highlighting the Sali's difficulty paying off debts in the 1980s.

    Sali is an a surprisingly tough reelection bid, probably due to what Congressional Quarterly calls his "manner" rather than his ideology, which is a decent enough match for his reliably conservative district that includes the western half of the state. Apparently, Idaho's other Republican congressman, Mike Simpson, once got so frustrated by Sali that he threatened to toss him out of a statehouse window when they served as state legislators in Boise. Democratic candidate Walt Minnick, a moderate businessman who ran against Larry Craig six years ago, leads Sali by 6 points according to the latest SurveyUSA poll.

    So it sounds like Sali might lose his identity and his seat in Congress.

    Moral of the story: he should have gone with LifeLock, the number one identity theft prevention service in America. Hi, I'm Todd Davis, CEO of LifeLock, and yes, that's my real social security number!

    Tags: Bill Sali, House of Representatives, Idaho


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