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Stalking: The New Campaign Tactic for Democrats

By Bobby Eberle

When someone runs for office, there is a certain amount of privacy that is lost. Background checks are done. Opponents start digging around for dirt. Reporters start following a candidate's every move. But how much is too much? How much privacy is a person, even a candidate entitled to have? Apparently not much as more Democrats are resulting to flat out stalking in order to find out what an opponent is doing.

As reported by Politico.com, "Politicians recognize they give up a degree of privacy when they run for office. But Democrats are testing the outer limits of that understanding with a practice that raises questions about when campaign tracking becomes something more like stalking."

That ratcheting up of the video surveillance game is unnerving Republicans who insist that even by political standards, it's a gross invasion of privacy. Worse, they say, it creates a safety risk for members of Congress and their families at a time when they are already on edge after a deranged gunman shot former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords 18 months ago.

Wisconsin GOP Rep. Reid Ribble, who said he's also been followed by a cameraman when shopping for groceries, said the home videos cross a line.

"I feel it's totally inappropriate," said Ribble, a freshman facing a competitive race for reelection. "It was disturbing to me that they would put that online. I don't understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that."

The Politico.com story goes on to report that a silent video was posted on YouTube of Ribble's house:

To me... that is so creepy.

In a report by the LA Times, the reporter feels that this tactic is just plain dumb.

But posting video of a candidate's home in the hope of inspiring some real estate envy isn't just inappropriate, it's dumb. Do Democrats think that only renters have the right to advocate lower taxes? Or that only people in modest homes can credibly argue in favor of a government that's smaller and less intrusive?

What's incredible is that these Democrat supporters will resort to these tactics while ignoring that fact that most politicians, Republican and Democrat, are successful. According to Roll Call, seven of the top ten richest members of Congress are Democrats. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.

But it goes beyond class warfare. Stalking is simply sick, and should not be condoned at all. Families should be off limits. Residences should be off limits. But what's good enough for the media and Chelsea Clinton certainly isn't good enough for the media and Bristol Palin.

Here's a report by Fox News on the Democrat stalking tactics:


What do you think? Is this stalking or just politics as usual. How much privacy should a person be expected to give up just to run for office?

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    July 13, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    The present ‘occupant’ of the White House has given up very little ‘information of apparent value’ since and before he was POTUS. The MSM does not even care about ‘questioning’ Ozero’s credentials; yet on the other hand any and all GOP candidates are given the ‘first degree’ and then some. As to how much we should know about any candidate is up to the inquiring public’s thirst for a knowledge of the individual.
    There are ways of finding out about politicians and full vetting is a requirement [though apparently not so in Ozero's case].

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    • mimicarolComment by mimicarol
      July 14, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

      Can’t believe these arrogant dimwits–bummer hides everything that everyone else knows about – everything–the snake, then he and rest of dims do everything in their power to trash everyone else. Please people, wise up to these — this is the ultimate sleeze—they are snakes, sly and evil.

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  2. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    July 13, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    The videotaping of the cadidate’s home might just be preparatory to an Occupy group trying to move in when the tapes indicate that nobody’s home … or not.
    But, if I observe someone ‘casing’ my property on any regular basis, I WILL inform the police.

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    • gaughankComment by gaughank
      July 13, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

      If I catch someone stalking my house and they appear to come on my property and I feel threatend I will blow thier brains out and hope they don;t like it.

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  3. agnesdayComment by agnesday
    July 13, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    Let’s think about this a moment–why would anyone want to elect someone who WASN’T successful?

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      July 13, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

      Why did America elect Obozo? Oh, wait, just a minute. Obozo was successful. He was a successful community organizer.

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  4. genesalComment by genesal
    July 13, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Satan is a Democrat.

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    • gaughankComment by gaughank
      July 13, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

      That why all democrats are going straight to hell

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  5. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    July 13, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    This is Mitt Romney! Who is Obama?

    Viral Internet story says Mitt Romney helped locate missing teen …

    http://www.politifact.com/…/viral-internet-story-says-mitt-romney-helped-l...

    Jan 30, 2012 – In July 1996, Mitt Romney helped locate the missing teenage daughter of a … Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. … Gay says Romney helped “save” his daughter, though previous reports have …

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  6. wedeyComment by wedey
    July 13, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Obama said the family is off limits butI guess that only applies to the Democrats. They tried to pin Giffords on Sarah Palin, which proved to be false. He was just a nut job.
    But if a member of any family is hurt in any way, then we will definitely know who is responsible.

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  7. CharieComment by Charie
    July 13, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Reid Ribble is my Congressman. I know him and campaigned for him. He was a roofer, for pete’s sake! He still comes home and works a few hours helping to roof Habitat homes.

    He has worked hard to get where he is. He “created” jobs which is more than the freakin’ president and Democrats have done! He does not live in a mansion. He lives in a nice house but since when do we, in this country, begrudge a hard working man the rewards of his hard work? Oh yeah, I forgot……. ever since Barack Obama got in office.

    I’m sure his wife is creeped out but I’m not going to give anymore information because I’m sure the Rats from the Party read this site, too.

    It’s a dirty shame that freshmen congresspeople have to put up with this **** when they went to Washington with the best of intentions to help get our country out of the mess it’s in right now. But of course, vile, underhanded tricks are all the rage in Wisconsin since the union Democrat riots in Wisconsin. It’s the Chicago way!

    P.S. There are still protesters who show up every day in the Capitol and sing their union songs.

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  8. bobComment by bob
    July 13, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    The democrat party has become the communist party, no one should be surprised by this behavior. I really can’t understand how so many republicans are still unable to see how far the democrats have gone.
    It will get worse, they will go further, they have declared war against us. It isn’t just politics now.

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    • effwingerComment by effwinger
      July 13, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

      Correct, just google Norman Thomas, the communist presidential candidate from the 1940s. Plus, this type of low tripe is NOTHING new for dimocrats, they have nothing else…..

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      July 13, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

      And I heard Normal Thomas, the sx time candidate of the Socialist Party of America, in a speech in 1950 say both the Democrats and the Republican had become more Socialist than was safe for our Constitutional form of Republic. It wasn’t until LBJs war on poverty and everything else that I realized how perceptive Thomas had been 15 years earlier. He outlined in his speech a number of points that no one in the media was covering and my take from his attitude in 1950 that if he were alive today he’d be a member of the Tea Party. Bright people do change their minds when they see disaster on the horizon.

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  9. 1rhkmykalaComment by 1rhkmykala
    July 13, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I am mad and upset about our future and the world.
    I will VOTE and all my 5 grown children. Voting for thier future and if it goes bad then Obamanation will stop all working people from getting passports so we cannot leave and will have to slave to pay for wellfare and the RATS.
    More and more Taxes, 21 hidden in Hussains Health care.
    More spending al over, it goes on and on, I have a headache and need to not look at this till voting time. Just sick about this. This is not what my family blead for. Change is freaky and scary and can it be undone?

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    • dhmillComment by dhmill
      July 13, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

      FIRST, WE HAVE TO VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE. BUT I HAVE SICK FEELING THAT OBAMA WILL BE RE-ELECTED!

      i DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM THE FIRST TIME AND i CERTAINLY WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM THIS COMING NOVEMBER. ONE TERM HAS BEEN TOO MUCH! THE DUMB AMERICAN PUBLIC VOTED FOR A PIGLET IN A POKE SACK. HEN THEY GOT IT HOME AND LOOKED INSIDE, NO SUCCULENT PIGLET. ALL THE HAD WAS OBAMA!

      SORT OF REMINDS ME OF A FRIEND OF MINE. A FELLOW APPROUCHED MY FRIEND IN THE PARKING LOT AND OFFERED MY FRIEND A BRAND NEW VCR IN A BRAND NEW UNOPENED BOX FOR ONLY $50.00. BARGIN

      MY FRIEND EAGERLY BOUGHT THE VCR. AT THAT TIME ANY VCR COST AT LEAST $150.00 HE GOT IT HOME, OPENED THE BOX AND FOUND A BRICK INSTEAD OF THE VCR. THE BOX HAD BEEN VERY CAEFULLY OPENED FROM THE BOTTOM AND THEN RESEALED. NO PIGLET, NO VCR!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 13, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

      “FIRST, WE HAVE TO VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE. BUT I HAVE SICK FEELING THAT OBAMA WILL BE RE-ELECTED!”

      I also hope that Romney beats Obama by a HUGE landslide to keep Obama from tying the election up in court for weeks. If you thought Al Gore was a fighter, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Obama will not go away quietly. He may even need to be physically removed from the White House. He has violated federal law several times, and he would gladly do it again to keep the office. That is the reason that the House should have already impeached him, but the Republicans are afraid of him and his Chicago thugs.

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  10. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    July 13, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    As Congressman Renacci said, Femoclowns don’t have anything to run on. Even worse for the Democlowns the main subject of these elections is a loser for them. Any time you talk about the economy, the Democlowns lose big.

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  11. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    July 13, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    This is Mitt Romney in two parts:

    He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
    He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.
    He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
    He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
    He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
    He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

    Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of
    money, service and time than most men.
    In 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income…. Just for comparison purposes,
    Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

    Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:
    He will show us his birth certificate
    He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
    He will show us his social security card.
    He will show us his law degree.
    He will show us his draft notice.
    He will show us his medical records.
    He will show us his income tax records.
    He will show us he has nothing to hide.
    Mitt Romney’s background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for
    President of the United States.

    You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what
    religion he is, and that he won’t desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. Im sure he won’t attack (DOMA) Defense of Marraige Act nor will he promote the homosexual agenda or abortion!

    I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won’t like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney’s background can do it.

    But, on the minus side, he never was a “Community Organizer,” never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to da*n the US.

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  12. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    July 13, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    Personal Information:

    His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
    He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.
    His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan He was raised in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan
    He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.
    Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University,
    J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University

    Religion: Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

    Work Background:
    After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

    After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but
    never worked as an attorney.
    In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
    In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
    He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
    In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of
    Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

    Some Interesting Business Facts about Romney:
    Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies likeDomino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply & others.

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  13. vComment by v
    July 13, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    When has it become wrong to be successful???
    I am tired of a bunch of lazy rich peoples kids trying to tell me the benefits of forced poverty…while they go to five star restaurants to discuss what else they can do in order to destroy their fathers and the Hard Working Decreasing Rapidly Middle Class!?
    Since they want to publish these pics. What about Peloise…Reid…Biden…Waters…Franks..Etc?????
    Fair is Fair folks!

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  14. markusComment by markus
    July 13, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    You know I’m getting pretty sick and tired about hearing about this Gabby Gifford , just because she got shot, they never seem to mention the fact that other people died or if they do it’s an after thought, and something I find far more sad them her getting shot is that alittle girl died

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  15. Raymond SmithComment by Raymond Smith
    July 13, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    This is pathetic, but then the entire Obama campaign has been with outright lies, half truths, abusive campaign practices, covertly using taxpayers dollars to campaign, etc, etc.

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  16. gaughankComment by gaughank
    July 13, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    How about we divide the United States in two. Everything west of the Mississippi river will belong to the left and everything to the right will be conservative. Each side can gogern and implement their own laws. The left living out on the left coast can increase their own taxes until the cows come home, pierce their bodies until they pass out, drive a Prius or Subaru, smoke pot and have abortions in the backyard while abolishing Christmas and having gay mariages. All the while running around saying Happy holidays.

    We on the right can reduce our taxes, hav teachers teach our kids knowing they are good teachers, we can create jobs, have our guns, drive our V8 sport cars and trucks and hunt our lands. We can give thanks on Thanksgiving and say Merry Christmas tg each other every Christams.

    Why would the democrats not like that? The they could have everything they ever dreamed of and we could get rid of that whole slew of *** clowns once and for all. There will be no reason for them to Occupy anything because governing themselves they can have everything they want.

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  17. RightStuffComment by RightStuff
    July 14, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Criminality and hooliganism is the norm for the leftist democrotch party.

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  18. bronconationComment by bronconation
    July 15, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    Someone has to get a camara and follow this( Jeffrey Ferguson guy and photograph his home and his wife and kids if he is married if not follow him everywhere he goes. Democrats are great at intimidation and they must be dished out the exact thing they dish out. This guy needs to be hounded just like he and his employees hound others.

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  19. bronconationComment by bronconation
    July 15, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    Democrat strategist is Jesse Ferguson. He should be tracked and all his public actions filmed. It is not Jeffrey Ferguson.

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  20. kac123Comment by kac123
    July 15, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    I think if the Dems continue to insist that Romney release his tax returns for 1999-2002, Romney should agree to do so, IF Obama releases his college transcripts and financial aid applications from Occidental, Columbia and Harvard.

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  21. Harold BryantComment by Harold Bryant
    July 15, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    To me, unethical, inappropriate and unlawful practices and tactics by the left-wing, big-spending, high-taxing (and extremely invasive) democrat politicians and existing government officials come as no surprise whatsoever. If the worst “President” in the history of the United States gets re-elected, the USA will cease to be a major presence in the world, with hyper-inflation, extreme unemployment, completed economic collapse followed by rioting and ensuing chaos. Also, it will be conclusive proof that the election process is a sick joke, since Obama’s approval rating is so low and there is no legal, legitimate way he could possibly win an honest, law-abiding election.

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  22. bigjohn555Comment by bigjohn555
    July 16, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Some people insist on their First Amendment Rights. Others take advantage of their Second Amendment Rights.

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  23. darkknight4302Comment by darkknight4302
    July 16, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    This appears an aweful lot like an implied threat. Did anyone notice how the video of Ribble’s home showed both a view from the street, to allow anyone to identify which home was his, and a view of the side of the home. The side shots took pains to demonstrate all of the hidden areas where an intruder could conceal him or herself prior to breaking in. I think the message is fairly clear: We can get to you or we can make it easy for someone else to get to you. This video is nothing more than a public burglar’s case.

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  24. sircygComment by sircyg
    July 17, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    looks like this author and the reports all miss the point. it’s not about showing how they live to others, but about intimidation – making Republicans think two or three times before running for office, or reelection.

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  25. texasbelleComment by texasbelle
    July 21, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    If the stalkers get on the politico’s property they should call the Police and have them thrown off. This is stalking and should be illegal.

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