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Is Dem NY-23 candidate backtracking on fundraising claim GOP hacked her website?

Is Dem NY-23 candidate backtracking on fundraising claim GOP hacked her website?

Martha Robertson, the Emily’s List-backed Democratic candidate in NY-23, a swing district that includes Ithaca, sent out a fundraising solicitation on September 30 claiming that her webmaster had “caught” “GOP ops” trying to take down her website.

Legal Insurrection broke that story, which since then has been picked up by local media and The NY Daily News.  Yet the Robertson campaign went silent when questioned by media as to proof of the accusation.

If the Robertson campaign did not have a basis for the accusation in the fundraising email, that would raise serious questions as to whether the Robertson campaign tried to mislead potential donors.

It appears that Robertson is walking back the accusation, although her campaign still has not come forward with a full explanation.

Robertson was quoted in The Ithaca Journal early this morning stating that her webmaster had noticed something suspicious, but not repeating the hacking accusation:

Both campaigns are trading charges over a website problem Robertson experienced on Sept. 30. Reed’s campaign accused Robertson of possible mail fraud for sending out an email accusing “GOP ops” of trying to shut down the site.

“Our web manager noticed some very, very unusual activity,” Roberston said, explaining that the email was meant to help potential donors by providing “a phone number to call in case they had any questions or problems.”

Ithaca Journal Robertson Quote re Website

Rather curiously, that quoted language was removed mid-morning from The Ithaca Journal article, but fortunately I saved the screenshot. It appears that the language also was removed from other Gannett websites in the area, including The Elmira Star-Gazette. (I have an email to the IJ inquiring about the deletion).

The Robertson campaign still has not returned my calls and emails seeking an explanation for why her campaign made a fundraising accusation of GOP hacking, and whether it has proof to back up the claim.

We will keep on this issue until the Robertson campaign either comes forward with the proof, or explains why it made the accusation without proof.

Update: The Ithaca Journal responded as to the deletion of the text: “Just a technical glitch. I was told it would be fixed online.”


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“her webmaster had noticed something suspicious”

What was it – that she had a visit to her website?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to walls. | October 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Is that like Lizzie Borden,er I mean Lizzie Warren hearing she’s Share-o-key?

That’s some “technical glitch”.. the missing quote is back at both news sites.

Henry Hawkins | October 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

“Glitch”. The new leftist minimizing euphemism for catastrophe at any level, i.e., Benghazi? A glitch in foreign affairs. Fast & Furious? A glitch in law enforcement. Etc., etc.

Ah, So the memory hole is now referred to as a “Technical Glitch” eh?

Good to know. The newspeak dictionary needs updating.

    Baker in reply to Paul. | October 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    And thus ‘technical glitch’ once again is used as the acceptable term for ‘technical snitch’ (as in ‘to steal via technology’).

    They used ‘techinical’ resources to make it disappear down the memory hole until someone called them on it.

Thank you for keeping at this! Any chance she and her backers could get in real trouble for it? Can citizens file complaints about such misbehavior? I’m completely fed up with the nonstop Democrat lawbreaking to win elections, and their self-righteous idiocies when caught (all’s fair when done for the Greater Good; the Republican candidate wants to repeal the 13th amendment, etc.).

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Sopra. | October 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Sopra, it is called slander (spoken word as on radio and tv) and libel (for print lies).

    I know the wronged party can sue, and I would assume the political organization could sue if they would but I don’t think citizens could sue over this.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Not A Member of Any Organized Political. | October 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      But citizens can file for Freedom of Information releases of facts and sue if they are not forthcoming.

      I was thinking more about soliciting money under false pretenses or even fraudulent advertising. But yes, it was a flat, false statement that a specific entity had committed a crime, so with luck that entity will set a precedent by actually pursuing legal action. “More trouble than it’s worth” tends to be the reason legal action isn’t taken against limited offenses like this one, but if a precedent is set, the Democrat candidate in the next county might think twice before trying a similar trick.