Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More to the story

Remember the "scandalous" Scwarzenegger recording that came to light last week? In it The Governator, talking about apparently attractive Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, says,
They are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it.
Yeah, I didn't care either. Not that big of a deal, right? God knows pols have said and done far more scandolous things over the years. I mean, Garcia says she's not offended; whether that's true, who knows, but that's what she says. So it's a non-story, right? Dead in the water, who cares, move on to more important things. Not so fast, apparently:
The campaign of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Democratic rival acknowledged Tuesday that it downloaded - and leaked to the media.
[. . . ]
Cathy Calfo, campaign manager for Democrat Phil Angelides, said the campaign had done nothing wrong because the file was available publicly on the governor's Web site.
OK, so the story is a tad more interesting, but still pretty low on the scale of election-year mudflinging. Wouldn't even register a blip on the ol' radar screen without this little tidbit:
Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary, Andrea Lynn Hoch, said Monday that the sound files were stored "in a password-protected area of the governor's office network computer system."

Hoch said she forwarded the Internet Protocol address used to download the file to the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating how the files became public.
Wait, what? Now that's interesting. Although I don't doubt someone accidentally putting the file, or a copy, in a publicly-accessible area, it would definitely be news if it came to light that a political campaign was caught breaking into the computer system of a rival, especially if that system were owned by the State. Of course, it is possible that all this is a political smokescreen on the part of the Schwarzenegger campaign. Either way, the story has certainly taken a turn for the interesting.
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