Did Russians Burglarize New Bedford’s Elections Office? [OPINION]
We have been told for years now the Russians interfered with our elections and they are planning on doing it again. Did they break into New Bedford City Hall?
All we know at this point is that the City of New Bedford's Election Office was burglarized over the three-day weekend. According to the local police, there is $120 in petty cash missing and one of the windows in the office was "breached" late Sunday night.
It would be just like Putin to break into an election office in America on Presidents Day weekend. Those Russians love dark humor and a good inside joke.
According to the media, the police believe only the elections office was victimized and that all of the computers and elections records are still in the office.
Of course, the computers and the records are still there, but are they the same as they were before the Russian secret agents, or whoever, broke into the office on the day we celebrate our duly-elected presidents? How do we know the Russians didn't tamper with those computers? Maybe they planted viruses to swing the election results in New Bedford in the future?
I have full confidence in the New Bedford Police Department and the people at the Election Office, but I think the FBI should come in and conduct a national security investigation, too.
And why would the Russians target New Bedford, Massachusetts of all places?
Maybe some of you have forgotten the city made international news when former President Bill Clinton came to New Bedford to campaign for his wife in 2016. Hillary Clinton was in a tough primary battle in Massachusetts against Bernie Sanders and she couldn't afford to lose. President Bill Clinton joined New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell at the front door of a polling station to campaign for his wife.
That violation of election laws angered the Bernie team and the story went viral on the internet. Across the Atlantic, the BBC carried a story that called for the arrest of Bill Clinton for his actions in New Bedford.
Surely the Russians, who we are told were colluding with the Trump campaign to steal the 2016 election, took note of the election lawlessness in New Bedford for future use.
Bring in the FBI and have them go over City Hall with a fine tooth comb. There is going to be another important primary for the Democrats in Massachusetts in 2020 and we can't have the Russians interfering in the election.
Remember, a "third rate burglary" is how Watergate got started.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.