Why do Democrats have such a problem with their political opponents' Social Security numbers?
In 2005, two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) employees illegally obtained Michael Steele's credit report when he was lieutenant governor of Maryland and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. The opposition researchers, Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner, found Steele's Social Security number in a court document and used it to obtain his credit report.
In September, 2008, just days after she was named as John McCain's running mate, the Alaska Democratic Party's opposition research file on Sarah Palin -- including her social security number (minus the last four digits, but with her address and birth date -- was published by Politico, the Huffington Post and a number of other DNC-friendly sources. The document was put together in 2006 by Tony Knowles' gubernatorial campaign. Anita Dunn, a key Obama consultant in the 2008 presidential race, had worked on Knowles' 2006 campaign.
The Democrat's SSN fetish has not abated, and the pattern continues in 2010. The Florida Democrat Party sent out a September mailer that disclosed the Social Security number of Republican Alan West in the 22nd Congressional District race. and -- what a coincidence -- Lt. Col. West (US Army, Retired) carries the endorsement of none other than Sarah Palin:
Why do the Dems continue to try to use their GOP opponents' Social Security numbers as a political weapon? Two reasons. They are desperate (the race in FL-22 is a close one), and they are unethical.
h/t: Wild Thing