Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Third-Rate Burglary

From the Toledo Blade:

Thieves shattered a side window overnight at Lucas County Democratic headquarters in Toledo, stealing computers with sensitive campaign information and triggering concern of the local party’s ability to deliver crucial votes on Nov. 2.

Among the data on the stolen computer of the party’s office manager were: e-mails discussing campaign strategy, candidates’ schedules, financial information, and phone numbers of party members, candidates, donors, and volunteers.

Also taken were computers belonging to Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak and to a Texas attorney working with the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign to ensure election security.

The thefts have prompted the Kerry/Edwards campaign and Democrats in Washington to offer help and have left local officials fretting about the crime’s impact on the upcoming election, in which Ohio plays a high-profile role.

“This puts us behind the eight ball,” party spokesman Jerry Chabler said. “This can affect our entire get-out-the-vote operation.”

Ohio’s Democratic Party pledged to deploy volunteers, lend computers, or “provide whatever source of assistance they need,” said spokesman Dan Trevas.

The political importance of Lucas County cannot be overstated, Mr. Trevas said.

“It’s a major Democratic county in a swing area, surrounded by Republican and moderates,” Mr. Trevas said. “A lot of votes come out of northwest Ohio.”

Anyone know where Gordon Liddy was the other night?

For those of you under the age of thirty, the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972 was dismissed by Nixon White House press secretary Ron Ziegler as a “third-rate burglary.” He denied any connection between the burglars and the Committee to Re-Elect the President. Gordon Liddy led the team and spent several years in the joint because he refused to turn state’s evidence. He’s now a right-wing talk radio host and apparently served as the model for the paranoid CIA agent Colonel Flagg on the TV series M*A*S*H.