Candidate says negative Facebook post put him at risk

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 11:15 PM

TACOMA, Wash. --   When you're running for office, you better keep an eye online to see what your opponent is saying and what pictures they are posting.

Democrat Eric Choiniere wants to represent University Place in the House of Representatives in Olympia.  He was surprised to see paperwork from past bankruptcy filings on a Facebook page set up by his opponent.

Choiniere went bankrupt twice, in 1991 and 2003, because he says he couldn't afford to pay for two separate health emergencies.

While he's not proud of his financial past, he hasn't hidden it.  He just wishes his opponent had been more discreet.

The initial postings showed the social security numbers of Choiniere and his wife.  He's filed a police report, fearing the information might be used by an ID thief.

Choiniere says, "This should never have come up.  This should never have been on there.  This was irresponsible, malicious, reckless."

Republican Steve O'Ban says the social security numbers were removed as soon as his campaign found out they had been posted.

O'Ban says that oversight should not overshadow the fact his opponent has had financial problems.

"People should know about this when they decide whether they want him to represent them and make decisions about how to spend taxpayer dollars," said O'Ban.

A spokesperson for the Attorney General says it is not illegal to publish someone's social security number.

 

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