In an effort to shine some more light on this over-the-top breaking news, RoundTable Politics reached out to Morales on Facebook to get additional information about what happened. Here's part of that conversation:
TFR: "Before I ask about specifics, what exactly happened? When did you find out?"
Morales: "Got hacked, got email warning about intruder, looked issue and discovered Russian hacker had gotten in and spammed out my political site and last year's PAC site. I caught them in time and shut them out for now."
TFR: "Do you have any screenshots of it?"
Morales: 'It's on my post actually on my FB page." (which has since been removed)
TFR: "So why do you think they targeted you?"
Morales: "Recent spotlight on Florida Politics article raised some attention. Being a liberal democrat, I am pretty much the enemy. My opponent, being the most conservative member of the House, would be more inline to their agenda."
TFR: "That's interesting. So do you think your opponent has any involvement?"
Morales: "I wouldn't say he does, but I know I scare conservatives."
TFR: "Do you think more of this is going on around Florida? Maybe this is the tip of the iceberg?"
Morales: "I do actually and wanted to use this as a dire warning to the other Democrats running. They are coming for us! Be prepared!"
When the news broke on Friday, Rep. Anthony Sabatini -- the man who Morales is trying to unseat -- immediately took to social media to comment on the incident.
Following our conversation with Morales, we reached out to Rep.Sabatini to get his take on why Russia would target a Florida House district and allow him to respond to the notion that the agenda of Russian hackers closely resembles his agenda.
"I checked and it turns out my only connection to the Kremlin agenda is my taste for Russian vodka." Sabatini told RoundTable Politics.
While the Mueller/Trump fiasco continues to spiral out of control on the national scene, Florida is apparently getting their first taste of Russian hackers targeting Democratic candidates in an effort to keep them from holding office.
Without context, some of the comments made by Morales makes him look less like a victim, and more like a character from a Tim Burton movie. Admittedly, they're so over the top and outlandish, it's hard not to put two and two together and see that Morales is attempting to cash in on what has transpired on a national level.
The one shred of "evidence" that Morales had has since been removed (not sketchy at all.). What's left on his page is empty, blanket statements that sound like they come from computer program rather than a real person who has been the target of some elaborate scheme to prevent him from office.
Without any tangible evidence, Morales is clearly trying to capitalize on a movement that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars. What's worse: left-leaning political outlets are eating up this unverifiable claims because they desperately want there to be a connection between President Donald Trump and Russia. It shows just how entrenched media outlets are in the state, and how something that isn't news can become a headline if they want it to be.
Unfortunately, this may be the beginning of a long line of politicians playing "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
As it stands, no other Democratic has been "hacked."
Unless more evidence comes to the surface, we can chalk this up as an attention grab.