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  Fla. Dems reveal opponent's SSN
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Last EditedImperator  Sep 20, 2010 10:32pm
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News DateTuesday, September 21, 2010 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Florida Democratic Party has offered to pay to protect Republican congressional candidate Allen West from identity theft because it sent out a mailer featuring his Social Security number.

West, a retired Army colonel and YouTube sensation running against Rep. Ron Klein, was hit with a tax lien — since paid — in 2005, and the state party attacked him for it and other financial problems in a mailer sent out to 22nd District voters over the weekend.

The piece featured a photo of an IRS document showing the tax lien — and while West’s address was blacked out, his Social Security number and his wife’s Employment Identification Number were clearly visible.

“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,” West said in a statement about the mailer.

The state Democratic Party called West’s claims about his children “bizarre” and called his concern about the mailer “another moment of West's paranoia.”

Still, it agreed to pay for identity theft monitoring for two years, and party officials apologized — sort of.
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