When it comes to election suspicion, Florida is the undisputed candidate, with South Florida being the bastion of corruption and manipulation where phantom nominees that political adversaries created stole votes from their rivals by unlawfully filling out and submitting the ballots for the elderly and disabled who are unable to vote.
However, the 2016 presidential race stands out from other situations with House Democratic nominees being targeted in an operation orchestrated by Russia resulting in thousands of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee files falling into the hands of foreign hackers in D.C.
“It was like I was standing out there naked,” stated Democrat Annette Taddeo, who was defeated in the primaries following the release of hidden campaign files. “I just can’t describe it any other way. Our entire internal strategy plan was made public, and suddenly all this material was out there and could be used against me.”
The impact of the information released by the hackers on candidates like Ms. Taddeo in Florida and others in nearly a dozen House races around the country was largely lost in the focus on the hacking attacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But this untold story underscores the effect the Russian operation had on the American electoral system.
This significant hacking attempt remained in the shadow of the more popular Democratic National Committee hacking that included then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. The bottom line here is that we have two major Russian hacking endeavors with the Democratic and Republican factions as its targets.
“This is not a traditional tit-for-tat on a partisan political campaign, where one side hits the other and then you respond,” said the Director of the D.C.C.C., Kelly Ward. “This is an attack by a foreign actor that had the intent to disrupt our election, and we were the victims of it.”
“As you are aware, the D.C.C.C. and other Democratic Party entities have been the target of cyber security intrusions — an electronic Watergate break-in,” noted in an email House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the day following the release of the personal information.
Said Pelosi in the email, “It has been widely reported that this cyber security incident is part of a Russian cyber attack which appears to be an attempt to interfere with our elections. We take this troubling situation very seriously and have notified the appropriate authorities, including the F.B.I. and Sergeant-at-Arms.”
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