Thursday, September 22, 2005

The DSCC & Dirty Tricks

Two opposition researchers working for Sen. Charles Schumer at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee obtained copies of a confidential credit report on Maryland's Republican lieutenant governor, prompting calls for their prosecution.

In July, committee research director Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner, a junior staffer, used Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's Social Security number to get his credit report, according to a Democratic official familiar with the case.

The committee, which works to elect Democrats to the Senate, has been compiling research on Steele, Maryland's highest-ranking African-American official, a GOP contender for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat Paul Sarbanes in 2006.

Where is Jesse? If this isn't a case of racism, after all Lt. Gov. Steele is African-American, what is? Are Barge and Weiner white? Shouldn't we know this? When will Bob Herbert weigh in from the Times? Where is the outrage? Can Al Sharpton tear himself away from grieving mother/media whore Cindy Sheehan?

"The DSCC immediately ensured that Mr. Steele's credit report was not used or disseminated to anyone," added Singer, who called the matter an "isolated incident."

Singer offered an apology to Steele and said the committee has put in safeguards to ensure that incident isn't repeated.

Well is that a relief!

Will Schumer fire these two staffers that have committed a crime? Will he personally apologize to Mr. Steele? Will the media cover this at all?


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