Florida House candidate Allen West (R) is signing up for LifeLock after Democrats circulated his Social Security number in a campaign mailer.
"Allen and his family had to go out and get identity theft protection, I believe LifeLock is what they purchased," Josh Grodin, a spokesman for West, told the Ballot Box. "They're also in the process of getting new Social Security numbers."
LifeLock's advertising features company chairman Todd Davis sharing his Social Security number on busy city streets.
West is challenging Rep. Ron Klein (D), who he ran against and lost to in 2008.
Last Friday, a Florida Democratic Party mailer featuring a copy of a 2005 tax lien against West that inadvertently bore his Social Security number landed in voters’ mailboxes.
A spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party apologized to West. "We apologize for the oversight of not redacting this information from the public record included in the mailer," Eric Jotkoff told the Palm Beach Post. "In order to stop the crazy West accusations, we will pay for identify theft monitoring for the next two years."
Grodin said the Wests were "offended by that apology." They turned the party down on the offer. Moreover, West’s campaign is now considering legal action. "We're talking to our lawyers right now about our options," he said.
The unfortunate incident may be West's political gain. Twenty percent of the district is over 65 and seniors are disproportionately victims of identity theft, which could cause a backlash against Klein.
To drive the message home, West released a new TV ad Wednesday calling Klein a "desperate politician."
"It makes you wonder what else Klein will do to me, or to you," West says in the 30-second ad.