On Monday morning, we learned that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates are facing federal criminal charges for conspiracy against the United States. We also learned that former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a foreigner connected to Russian officials. These charges are the result of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

Russia’s attack on our democracy is serious. It is a deeply concerning example of just how dangerous a role special interests have come to play in corrupting our democracy. Whether it’s a foreign country sending spies and hackers to interfere with our elections, or billionaire businessmen and big drug companies spending millions to control Congress at the expense of citizens’ pocketbooks and democracy, too many politicians have shown themselves willing to put their elected offices up for sale to the highest bidder.

Representative Glenn Thompson has sold out the voters of the Fifth District at every turn, so it should come as no surprise that he dismissed questions about Russia as “a distraction to doing the people’s business.” Politicians are elected to represent their citizens, not powerful business interests. And the American election system was built on the belief that citizens’ voices should be heard. Glenn Thompson shows little concern for these basic building blocks of our democracy.

America’s intelligence community has warned us that Russian hackers are likely to strike again in our 2018 and 2020 elections, just like they did in 2016. Glenn Thompson doesn’t see this as a problem, but I do. I have spent the last six years teaching and researching cybersecurity, privacy law, and risk analysis right here in the Fifth District. I know how serious this threat is, and I have the skills and experience needed to protect you, your personal information, and your polling place from these kinds of attacks. And perhaps most importantly, I can promise that my integrity will never allow me to sell my vote.

I’m sick of seeing our democracy get corrupted by special interests. I’m running for Congress because our elected offices have been bought by big businesses and foreign governments, and I believe we deserve better.

Categories: Voting Rights

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