It’s a banner day for freshman Democratic senators imitating their party’s mascot. This one is by newly minted Sen. Maggie Hassan, formerly the governor of New Hampshire, who
stole bought Republican Kelly Ayotte’s seat by a mere 716 votes ($139,664 per vote).
Hassan cited the debunked and retracted Washington Post story about Burlington Electric being targeted by the Russians.
“Two weeks ago The Washington Post reported that a hacking group connected with the Russian government managed to infiltrate the Burlington Electric power company in Vermont,” Hassan said to retired Marine Gen. John Kelley during his confirmation hearing to head the Department of Homeland Security.
What make this deliciously ironic is that I literally just this morning published a fairly comprehensive story on grid security and that Post story. Unlike Hassan, I spent days doing actual research for the story. I interviewed utility company executives, called industry groups for comment, and read technical documentation. You know, journalist stuff.
But I’m not a U.S. Senator, who can just spout fake news like it’s true.