Crime Wave in Seattle

Reader Dave Mendoza pointed out this article in the Seattle Times about a burglary at the Washington state headquarters for President Bush’s re-election campaign:

Missing are the computers used by the campaign’s executive director, the head of the get-out-the-vote effort and one that had been set for delivery to the campaign’s Southwest Washington field director, said Jon Seaton, executive director of the state’s George W. Bush campaign.
Seaton said data on the computers was backed up and available elsewhere. But, he said, the loss creates a potential security breach about the campaign’s so-called 72-hour plan, the Bush get-out-the-vote effort.
State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance called it a “Watergate-style break in” and said he suspects Democrats are behind it.
“If you’re just some burglar looking for computers to sell to buy drugs you take every laptop in the office maybe,” he said. “But they knew exactly whose computers to get. They got the executive director’s computer and the get-out-the-vote director’s computer.”
State Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said Democrats had nothing to do with the break-in.

Watergate redux? Normally I’d think not, but so many strange things have been going on in this campaign that it’s hard to discount.

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