It used to be that trackers were only sent to record a rival’s political events — speeches, town halls, etc. Sometimes they would catch an opponent making an insane remark, or using an obscure French-colonialist racial slur. But now, as Politico reports, Democratic trackers are also filming the homes of various GOP congressmen like some kind of deranged ex-husband. For example, here’s a video of Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci’s Ohio home posted online in May. All it’s missing is heavy mouth-breathing:
And here’s one of freshman Congressman Reid Riggle’s Wisconsin home from June:
“It was disturbing to me that they would put that online,” Ribble says. “I don’t understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that.”
But there is a benefit, one which sweet, naïve Congressman Ribble has simply overlooked.
Democratic officials said placing the videos on the DCCC’s website and YouTube serve a useful purpose, most notably making the footage available to friendly outside groups for use in TV commercials. That way, they don’t violate laws against coordinating with those groups.
So it’s creepy and undermining-campaign-finance-laws-y. Impressive.