The Old “Opposition Research” Defense

Earlier this week, hackers released a ton of data from the Ashley Madison website, whose tag line is “Life is short. Have an affair.” Since then it’s been a veritable moral purity free for all, with various bits of data being released through the week.

One interesting little bit of data is that there were 22 email addresses culled from the data. I’m sure someone in Rockville is going to be interested in that group of addresses. And over 10,000 .mil addresses, signifying military emails. Really brilliant thinking there, fellas.

I don’t really care who’s cheating and who’s not. Moral superiority is not at all my thing. But I have to highlight one particular political guy’s nimble response to being found out as having an Ashley Madison account.

From the Hill:

Louisiana GOP Executive Director Jason Doré said Thursday that his name was among those released as part of the Ashley Madison data dump earlier this week because he used the site for “opposition research.”

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Doré told that an account had been created using his name and former personal credit card information as part of work done by his law firm, Doré Jeansonne.
He did not reveal on whose behalf he had accessed the site.

“As the state’s leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports,” Doré told the publication via text message. “Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time.” 

“Honey, really, I swear, it was ‘opposition research.'” At the very least, give the guy credit for quick thinking. It may have been bullshit, but man, it was clever bullshit. As a veteran of the oppo wars, I salute Doré for living up to his profession and being fast on his feet.