Monday, January 18, 2010

Arizona CD - 8 Campaign Web Sites

Incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords

Giffords for Congress (
Naturally with years of development and considerable resources, the web site and email campaign infrastructure are first rate and feature top quality content and functionality. Slide shows, multimedia, Youtube, FB, and Twitter communities, web icons, RSS feeds, and one can sign up to volunteer, receive emails, donate money, learn about upcoming events, and obtain all sorts of information about the candidate, positions, issues... For all practical purposes, the site is as good as it gets.

Republican Jesse Kelly

Vote Jesse Kelly (
Kelly's web development team has done the work necessary to make the campaign web site the first hit on the first page of a google search on the candidate's name. As individuals google his name to learn more, having the campaign site be the first hit is valuable. Like Giffords site, the place is professionally done and features an attractive color scheme and layout.

Having a relatively common name and newer to the game, Kelly did not have the option of obtaining what some consider to be the optimal web site URL: (net/org), which Giffords obtained back in 2005. Kelly's site features credible quotable quotes and provides a growing list of endorsements that (so far) well exceed those of his Republican rivals.

Republican Andy Goss

Goss For Congress (
Mormon Andy Goss did have the good fortune of a name uncommon enough that GossForCongress was available. A google search returns an excellent web presence with the campaign site as #1 hit. The site has the features but lacks the level of sophistication of Kelly's material. The issues page shows that Goss is completely clueless about almost everything, but that's another conversation.

Visitors can make online contributions by credit card, but are not allowed to purchase raffle tickets for the DPMS Panther AR-15 Rifle Andy is raffling off as part of his fund raising efforts. Assault rifle enthusiasts have to mail their purchases to a PO Box.

Republican Brian Miller

Brian Miller For Congress (
When the last name by itself is not available, a good second choice is to use both first and last name, which worked for Miller. Having a very common name, Miller has to compete with a photographer and some guy that gives advice on garden tractor pulling. The campaign pages are on par with the Goss site with enough military content to compensate for the lack of an assault rifle raffle.

Miller also appears to be generating more in terms of Twitter and Facebook, the site linking to a public Facebook page that reads a lot like a blog. While up on the web tech, his economic views are apparently 50 years old, providing a youTube of JFK arguing for a tax cut in the face of the 1962 recession. Speaking of 50, Miller has founded a PAC called “The Freshman 50.” 50 what? Members? Don't ask me. While it has its own URL, the PAC web page sure looks familiar.

Republican Jonathan Paton

Paton For Congress (
Actually, the above URL is dead, but it's been parked. Odds approach metaphysical certitude that this is the place for a new web site being designed as we speak. Paton's Senate campaign ( site is down and his general site ( is broken with the home page down yet ancillary pages left dangling. Consider these abandoned. What points to the new URL?

The group that registered the last URL above (Admin Contact: Michael Haller of Halo Public Affairs, LLC) have locked in the .com, .net, and .org domains for PatonForCongress. When did this happen?




Anonymous Observer said...

Spot on, x4mr. Michael Haller describes himself as the "Consultant/Campaign Manager for AZ State Senator Jonathan Paton."

From his LinkedIn profile:

Political consultant with extensive experience in campaign management, fundraising development, strategic communications, message development, grassroots implementation and internet strategies.

1/19/2010 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giffords should be so lucky as to face Miller or Goss. Goss is a moron. In a debate or any conversation really, Giffords could run rings around either without breaking a sweat.

Paton is not as impressive as some of the buzz is saying. He's got a degree in German or French or something and then got some posh gig a la daddy. The man has never held a real job, and I'd even question his military stints. I'd bet and give odds they were posh, too, and never exposed him to the chance of as much as a scratch.

1/19/2010 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Mariana said...

6:57 PM Tucson time
Watching MA returns

1/19/2010 7:00 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Well, the Democrats just got their wake up call. What a debacle.

1/19/2010 7:48 PM  
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