Dem candidate accuses Russian hackers of stripping her nude

Russian hackers have been accused of not only interfering in U.S. Presidential elections, but also interfering in congressional elections.  It got so bad for one Democrat candidate named Annette Taddeo that she felt that Russian hackers were stripping her nude.

Charlie Crist admiring Ms. Taddeo with her clothes on

Annette Taddeo, a Democrat who lost her primary race after secret campaign documents were made public. "I just can't describe it any other way. Our entire internal strategy plan was made public, and suddenly all this material was out there and could be used against me."

When the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) was allegedly hacked allegedly by the Russians, bombshells about Ms. Taddeo like this one were released:

Ms. Taddeo, one of the internal D.C.C.C. documents noted, had "proven to be a somewhat poor fund-raiser and she has gained a reputation as an inadequate campaigner among some of the talkers in the community."

Voters, after learning that an anonymous source at the DCCC did not think Ms. Taddeo was a good campaigner, probably fled her candidacy in droves, we are meant to think.  What a devastating leak!

And now here's the even more confusing part: information about Joe Garcia, Ms. Taddeo's primary opponent, was also leaked, and Ms. Taddeo was wrongly blamed for the leak.  So according to Ms. Taddeo, the Russians leaked information about her primary opponent in the hopes she would be blamed for the leak.  Here's the devastating leak about Mr. Garcia:

Her Democratic opponent in the August primary, Joe Garcia, "also made a large misstep during the campaign saying 'communism works,' which did not sit well in an area with a large Cuban refugee population," the document says. "More embarrassingly, Garcia was caught on a C-Span feed picking his earwax and seemingly eating it, and the video made the rounds on the internet."

Mr. Garcia was the first to use the material as a tool to attack his opponent, showing up at a televised debate with a printout of the documents and accusing Ms. Taddeo of hiring a private detective to follow him, an allegation she disputed.

If voters thought Ms. Taddeo had hired private detectives to watch Mr. Garcia pick and eat his earwax on live television, that could have been enough to tip the primary against her, according to Ms. Taddeo.

If Russia has intervened in this primary race, leaking information about one man's very public eating of his own earwax, who knows what other information about other bodily functions could have been used to defeat other candidates?  Disgruntled and defeated Democrats want to know.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at