In a state Democratic Party mailer that hit South Florida mailboxes last week, voters found an interesting figure on a top GOP House recruit: His social security number.
The Florida Democratic Party reproduced a 2005 tax lien--since paid--filed against Allen West for delinquent credit card bills. As the Palm Beach Post reports, the document contains the GOP hopeful's social security number.
While the record does not identify the figure as such, West's campaign manager said nine-digit figure is easily distinguished.
According to a 2002 survey by the Federal Trade Commission, Florida rated sixth nationwide in identity theft occurrences per-capita. That year, 16,062 Floridians were victimized; only three other states had a higher number of stolen identities reported.
The disclosure marks an "unprecedented new low in American, politics," West said.
In 2005, Maryland Democrats released the same delicate information on Michael Steele, then the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. In 2008, the Alaska Democratic Party revealed the social security number of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.