Just recently, Florida Senator Bill Nelson was asked about Russia’s activity in the 2018 midterm elections. He responded by saying, “they have already penetrated certain counties in the state, and they now have free rein to move about.”
Republicans immediately began questioning the validity of Nelson’s claims, as a means to try and discredit him in his upcoming re-election campaign that pits him against current Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Now, a Southwest Florida U.S. Congressional candidate says that the Russians are monitoring his own campaign. Democratic candidate David Holden, who is running for Florida’s 19th Congressional District, says that entities from Moscow have been monitoring his website.
Chris Raleigh, the deputy campaign manager for Holden, was monitoring traffic to the campaign’s website when he noticed something strange. Using Google Earth to pinpoint coordinates that the IP addresses traced back to, he discovered that a large amount of traffic was coming from IPs which pointed back to a Russian government building called “The Arsenal”.
“It pointed right outside of the Kremlin. My blood ran cold,” Raleigh told NBC-2.
Holden and his campaign say that Russia did not hack his website or his campaign, but the monitoring is certainly of concern.
“I was concerned as anyone would be,” Holden said. “There needs to be a clear mandate from the top from the White House that this is a priority, that we’re doing everything in our power to protect the integrity of our election system and that’s just not happening.”
Holden is running against fellow Democrat Todd James Truax in the Florida primaries later this month, in order to determine who will face off against incumbent Republican Francis Rooney. Rooney, as you may recall, last year, called for a “purge” of the FBI.
You can watch the entire segment from NBC-2 below.