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Senate leader: America is in the middle of a 'Democratic generation'

How confident are Democrats after the just-finished Democratic National Convention? U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York essentially predicted his party will retake the U.S. Senate in November. And that's not all.


“We’re going to have a Democratic generation. [President Barack Obama] helped create it. But it’s just where America’s moving demographically, ideologically and in every way,” Schumer told POLITICO in a lengthy interview this week at the Democratic National Convention. “We’ll have a mandate to get something done.”

“The number one factor in whether we retake the Senate is whether Hillary Clinton does well, and I think she’s going to do really well," he said ... For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”


Georgia's favorite fake congressman is at it again.

For the uninitiated, Steven Smith claims to be a Republican, a Tea Party Patriot and a member of Congress from Georgia's non-existent 15th District. And he's duped more people than we can count with his Twitter account.

Doug Richards of WXIA has a piece on some of his latest doings:

The fake congressman claimed to be the first congressional endorsement Donald Trump – and has been on an anti-Hillary Clinton tear during this week’s Democratic convention, clobbering her on Benghazi and NAFTA in a storm of relentless tweets.

Last week, a writer claiming to be Florida attorney Jeffrey Marty wrote a piece on the Daily Caller saying he is behind the bogus congressman’s Twitter presence – and indicated he’s a true believer in its conservative content – which he says has snared celebrities from Anne Coulter to Rosie O’Donnell who took the site seriously.

The not-really-a congressman Smith has more followers than ten of Georgia’s real congressman – and 40 percent more than the real congressman representing Valdosta, Rep. Austin Scott.  A spokeswoman for Scott said his constituents are having no trouble discerning their real congressman from the fake. 


Here's more from The Daily Caller piece from attorney Jeffrey Marty claiming to be the author of the parody account:

"Valdosta is filled with great people who wish I could represent them. Unfortunately, that requires lots of votes, sucking-up and telemarketing for donations, none of which I would ever want to do. I find it a lot easier and more fun to represent folks on Twitter, which costs nothing more than time and a smartphone."

Take a look for yourself here. 


Secretary of State Brian Kemp reported low turnout in Tuesday's runoff elections -- less than 11.5 percent of the electorate in counties holding elections, to be exact.


The DNC hack may not be limited to the DNC.

According to Reuters, the FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the entity that fundraises for House Democrats, that could be linked to the DNC's digital break-in.

From Reuters: 

The previously unreported incident at the DCCC, which raises money for Democrats running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, may have been intended to gather information about donors, rather than to steal money, the sources said.

The breach and its potential ties to Russian hackers are likely to sharpen concern, so far unproven, that Moscow is attempting to meddle in U.S. elections. The issue has clouded this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


We told you yesterday about Melania Trump's curiously different personal website. The wife of Republican nominee Donald Trump offered an explanation yesterday on Twitter:

Melania Trump's website until recently included a bio, but the native Slovenian came under scrutiny for citing a diploma from the University of Ljubljana after an unauthorized biography said the former model left college before graduating.


We'll leave you with this. Happy Friday, folks.

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.