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Guccifer docs target Ohio House districts

Guccifer docs target Ohio House districts
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Ohio Democrats did not get its first-choice candidates in three House races they believed were winnable, according to documents from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaked to The Hill by the hacker or hackers Guccifer 2.0. A separate set of documents was posted to his website, containing documents on Illinois, New Hamshire and North Carolina with one document on Ohio. 

“[State] Senator [Lou] Gentile is in all likelihood the only recruit who can put this Republican-leaning swing district in play,” reads a series of memos from DCCC Great Lakes Regional Political Director Jason Bresler about Ohio’s 6th District.

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The memos were addressed to Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the DCCC, as well as Democratic Reps. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress GOP campaign chief confident his party will win back House MORE (Ill.), Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (Wash.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyAdvocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict Democrats demand Biden administration reopen probe into Tamir Rice's death DOJ to probe Minneapolis police MORE (Ohio) and Raul Ruiz (Calif.). 

Gentile ultimately opted against running

The Guccifer 2.0 documents show similar stories in two other Ohio districts the DCCC believed were winnable. 

Ohio is just the latest state that Guccifer 2.0 has targeted with its leaks.

Guccifer 2.0 has claimed to be a Romanian lone-wolf hacker, but a large spate of evidence — including technical indicators and Guccifer 2.0’s inability to speak Romanian — lead most experts to believe Guccifer 2.0 is actually the cover identity for Russian intelligence agencies. 

The hacker or hackers appear to be interested in embarrassing Democrats.

GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE’s compliments for Russian President Vladimir Putin has also led some observers to question whether the hacker or hackers are seeking to help the Republican.

Earlier Guccifer 2.0 leaks focused on Florida and Pennsylvania House races.

Democrats and Republicans are both uncomfortable with the hacks and select leaks.

At a press conference Thursday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) claimed both parties were being targeted by Russian hackers. He said President Obama should acknowledge Russia was behind the DNC and DCCC attacks so that the government could deliver a formal response.

Guccifer 2.0 is not to be confused with the now-imprisoned hacker Guccifer, real name Marcel Lehel Lazăr, who hacked political a number of politicos and celebrities, including Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE advisor Sidney Blumenthal and earlier hack of Colin Powell.