Politics aside that is completely out of control, trying to influence the political process through intimidation should be frowned upon by anyone. It just goes to show how corrupted the process has become. You have people now that will never enter the political arena because of the BS they have to endure with the media and the opposition scrutinizing every facet of their lives. This is taking it step beyond that and targeting the people supporting them. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, this is only hurting the political process.
Tried your link but got a (typical Republican) advertisement for my trouble!
It's NYT article, ads like that are common on many sites. Click the "skip ad" link in the upper right.