Campaign opposition research out in full force

With little more than a month before the Nov. 2 election, opposition research is in full, wierd flower.

On Tuesday, a PDF arrived detailing a report that state Rep. Austin Scott of Tifton, now a Republican candidate for Congress, with the Tift County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 2, 2004.

Wrote a deputy:

Mr. Scott advised that on the morning of 090204, at 0830 hours, he discovered that his “Norton” subscription had expired on his computer that was located in his residence. When he later attempted to upgrade his P.C., he noted that there was 3 Window accounts on his computer. 1 was titled “administrator,” #2 was titled “Austin Scott” and the [third] was titled “Craig.” Mr. Scott advised there was no one named “Craig” that had legitimate access to his computer. He feels as though someone may have either hacked into his computer via remote access or by entering his home. He took photographs of the screens displaying suspicious data.

The Insider talked to Scott last night, who said that he walked his complaint in to the sheriff’s office.

No deputy was summoned to his home, the state lawmaker said – adding that the picayune nature of the report was an indication that Democrats are worried about his challenge to U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon.

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