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 BustosGOP pulls support from California House candidate over 'unacceptable' social media posts Republican flips House seat in California special election GOP's Don Bacon and challenger neck and neck in Democratic poll 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 BeattyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty beats back progressive challenger to win primary The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - House delays Washington return; McConnell nixes infrastructure from COVID relief bill 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 John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff MORE advisor Sidney Blumenthal and earlier hack of Colin Powell.