Website Launch Day For Three Candidates

With only 581 days left until Election Day 2010, Republican federal candidates are quickly getting organized for the effort.  Three campaigns launched websites in the past 24 hours – Justin Bernier, who is running for Congress in the 5th District against Chris Murphy, and U.S. Senate candidates State Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former Rep. Rob Simmons.

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Justin Bernier – www.bernierforcongress.org – A clean looking site that includes far more substantive information on issues and policy than is fashionable in most campaigns these days, which tend to be far more risk-averse.

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State Sen. Sam Caligiuri – www.samforussenate.com – Genghis already commented on this one, saying that it is evocative of Obama and indicative of a prepared campaign.  It looks like the start of an excellent site.

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Former Rep. Rob Simmons – www.joinrobsimmons.com – Much like Caligiuri, the site seems to be a starting point, rather than a finished product, but still it is up and it looks good.

With SO much time left until Election Day, the sites really serve as collection agencies for the campaigns – a permanent opportunity to gather e-mail addresses and financial contributions into the campaign’s basket. 

Nonetheless, the Obama for President campaign raised the bar for political websites last year, and it will be exciting to watch and see what the future holds for each of these sites.  What innovations will they come up with?  How will they replicate the best parts of the Obama phenomenon on the Web?  It is too early to tell.

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41 responses to “Website Launch Day For Three Candidates

  1. AndersonScooper

    Yay! What the past two months have clearly demonstrated is that we need to put the Republicans back in charge!

  2. I’ve never had any real exposure to Rob Simmons, but have gotten to know Sam a bit as he represents my town. He’s extremely prepared. I recall a fellow RTC member emailing Sam and sharing his dislike of Sam’s vote on the minimum wage.

    Sam’s response?

    About two or three pages, single spaced and very thoughtful. On this particular issue, there was a disagreement. But there was also a huge respect.

  3. AndersonScooper

    Gotta love Rob Simmons site. Not much content, but we do get not one, not two, not three, but four great pictures of Rob!

    Thanks Rob, but do you think we could have a few more?

  4. why the moderation?

  5. AndersonScooper

    The DSCC says, Republicans pulled a hit-and-run on our American economy.

    Someone should ask these three members of Heath’s holy trinity, “Who’ll be better at cleaning up the Bush mess. You, or the Democrats.”

    We already know what Heath thinks….

  6. Simmons didn’t have this site up until just recently–I checked this afternoon and it was still password-protected.

    Of all of them, I like Bernier’s best. The design is striking and very attractive. Caligiuri’s is effective, and though there are echoes of Obama, that is by no means a bad thing. Obama’s campaign did excellent work online, and there are much worse examples to follow.

    Simmons’ site is not bad, but I’m not sure about the bunting (?) at the top. It looks like the site is wearing a ribbon with a flag cravat…

    I look forward to seeing these sites evolve over the course of the campaign!

  7. The DSCC says, Republicans pulled a hit-and-run on our American economy.

    Did you really just quote the DSCC in support of your candidates? How very objective of you. Fox News bad, DSCC good. Got it.

    Also, if you think the Bush hit-and-run needs cleaning up, then what’s your take on the Obama train wreck?

  8. Dunno, AS: The president’s spending lots of moola bailing out his friends in the banking and financial sectors — instead of letting them go bankrupt, at which point a judge, mercifully free from beltway politics, would seize assets, pay off creditors and reorganize the companies; and he’s stoking up a war in Afghanistan; and he’s reorganizing the auto industry, stiffing the unions – sounds like Bush to me. Maybe you’d better have another look see.

  9. And his guys and gals don’t pay taxes either. Another scofflaw: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D979CMGO0&show_article=1

    I mean who do they think they are – Wall Street titans?

  10. Shays had a decent website in 2008, but I thought Cappiello’s and Sullivan’s sites were really weak. It’s nice to see that Republican candidates are taking the internet seriously this time around. Of course, a fancy website is useless if they don’t take advantage of social and media technology and put it to good use.

    Granted it’s still early, but these three websites are visually far superior to anything the Democrats running for Governor have up right now. That will probably change though.

    I wonder what Rell will do with her campaign website. I remember it was actually an issue in the 2006 race. The DeStefano team kept pointing out that the “issues” page was blank – for them that was indicative of a larger problem with the Governor.

  11. famillionaire

    Bernier has a good looking website, but succinct it is not.

  12. Re: Bernier – the conventional wisdom seems to have become that campaigns shouldn’t do a lot of content – fearing that it will serve as oppo research for the opponent. This has slimmed down some websites into fairly amorphous things.

    At least Bernier is out there with some real policy statements. Anyone reading campaign websites now isn’t looking for “bite-size”, I’d venture to guess…

  13. AndersonScooper

    Heath–

    You seem to be well acquainted with Bernier.

    Would he, too, have voted against the President’s stimulus oackage? (And yes, we know of its imperfections.)

    I’m looking for a new, less partisan, more mainstream and cooperative GOP. Only I ain’t seeing it.

    Why should I even consider voting for someone who won’t stand with the President on the American economy?

  14. GC – what, no “Justin Bernier” tag?

  15. CasualObserver

    Scooper – why don’t you ask Justin yourself?

    And let’s be real here. You would never vote for a Republican anyway, whether or not he stood with the President on the economy. Ask real questions, not rhetorical.

  16. famillionaire

    Re: Bernier – the conventional wisdom seems to have become that campaigns shouldn’t do a lot of content – fearing that it will serve as oppo research for the opponent. This has slimmed down some websites into fairly amorphous things.

    That is not the conventional wisdom at all. It’s about organization and readability and realizing that not everyone makes up their mind on the whole of every single issue, but rather on just a few

    At least Bernier is out there with some real policy statements. Anyone reading campaign websites now isn’t looking for “bite-size”, I’d venture to guess…

    Your guess would be wrong. There are tons of studies about how long people spend on campaign websites and the inability to find something that interests them quickly will make that time even shorter.

  17. who even ever heard of this sam calamari guy? no experience, had to clean up after phil giordano, and he’s from waterbury of all places.

    the repubics in this state love to go for the died-in-the-wool dopes that will squander an opportunity. if dodd is really weakened, you can count on the repubics passing over simmons who might have a chance, and going with the man with the squid name.

  18. What I get from all three websites: Chris Dodd is to blame for the economic crisis.

    Oh Republicans….

  19. who even ever heard of this sam calamari guy? no experience, had to clean up after phil giordano, and he’s from waterbury of all places.

    Don’t underestimate Caligiuri. He is young, telegenic, and from what I hear a hard campaigner. I think he’ll roll Simmons in the primary but I’m hoping he will be bloodied enough having to out-right Simmons that he will be weakened sufficiently for the general. But don’t underestimate him. He has strengths even if he is an out-of-touch Repub.

  20. who even ever heard of this sam calamari guy? no experience, had to clean up after Phil giordano, and he’s from waterbury of all places.

    Yeah, right.

    A RANKING Democratic TC member from w/in the 16th senate district; familiar with Caligiuri’s while acting mayor of Wtby said:
    Sam Caligiuri’s the most honest ethical stand-up guy I’ve ever seen in politics….”

    Caligiuri’s a REAL REPUBLICAN and a socially conservative one at that; however he’s not some partisan hack by any stretch.

  21. Your guess would be wrong. There are tons of studies about how long people spend on campaign websites and the inability to find something that interests them quickly will make that time even shorter.

    Cite one such study.

    Heath might be young; but is already a more seasoned political pro than probably 98% of the “insiders” that post here or anywhere else save for Karl Rove.

  22. scanman1722

    Caligiuri’s a REAL REPUBLICAN and a socially conservative one at that; however he’s not some partisan hack by any stretch.

    Well ACR, at least you’re admitting he is socially conservative. You won’t admit he is too socially conservative for this state but the voters of this great blue state will realize that in due time….

  23. I don’t understand why Caligiuri isn’t running for CT-5 against Murphy. If he can do decently in Waterbury and hold the (once solidly) GOP small towns he’d have a real shot.

  24. Your guess would be wrong. There are tons of studies about how long people spend on campaign websites.

    And thanks for not linking to any of them.

  25. Caligiuri’s a REAL REPUBLICAN and a socially conservative one at that; however he’s not some partisan hack by any stretch.

    yeah cool. that’s just what we need is a pro-life, pro-gun waterbury boy who wants to roll back Obama’s stimulus before it has even helped the nation out of this hole Bush dug us into. connecticut will definitely vote for that slop.

    this flood of third rate candidates from the repubics is just because they see chunks of dodd in the electorate’s stool. when he recoups, as he will, these fools will have nowhere to go.

  26. yeah cool. that’s just what we need is a ….

    What your issue with the Constitution is, is beyond me; but we could use a few more drop-dead honest/ethical members of the Senate.

  27. Well ACR, at least you’re admitting he is socially conservative.

    “admitting”???

    He is who he is.

    I’ve known him since he was 20; he’s a nice guy and I like him.

  28. Why should I even consider voting for someone who won’t stand with the President on the American economy?

    You voted for Barack Obama, who hardly stood with George Bush on the economy.

  29. AndersonScooper

    ACR–

    When you say Caligiuri is socially conservative do you mean he’s against a woman’s right to choose? Or is he just anti-gay?

    Maybe Sam can get together with Jim Amann to run on the Naugutuck Valley ticket…

  30. When you say Caligiuri is socially conservative do you mean he’s against a woman’s right to choose? Or is he just anti-gay?

    Or, is it he’s against legalizing pot?

    Keeping the death penalty?

    Not making transgendered ‘people’ (the best public hearings last few years) a ‘protected’ class?

    Not giving illegal aliens in-state tuition breaks?

    Or, not spending more than we have?

    Is that what you Democraps mean?

  31. “I don’t understand why Caligiuri isn’t running for CT-5 against Murphy.”

    I wonder exactly the same thing.

  32. When you say Caligiuri is socially conservative do you mean he’s against a woman’s right to choose? Or is he just anti-gay?

    What I would call for a baby’s right to live and a little behind the times on gay rights… but we can be arrogant absolutists. No problem.

  33. “I don’t understand why Caligiuri isn’t running for CT-5 against Murphy.”

    By convention time next year he could well be running for US Senate…..against Murphy.

    Does anyone actually think Dodd will be the candidate?

    Prince Blumey won’t get into any sort of fight (it’ll take him a months to recover from Glenn Beck) so Murph will walk off with the nomination.

  34. You voted for Barack Obama, who hardly stood with George Bush on the economy.

    Obama voted for Bush’s bailout package, didn’t he? What else was a politically risky vote on an economic issue that you would have wanted him to make?

  35. Bernier’s site is ineptly written and hopelessly vague…talk about boilerplate policy positions. Oh, he doesn’t want to raise taxes? He supports alternative energy? Gimme a break.

  36. Ichabod Crane

    Bernier’s site is ineptly written and hopelessly vague…talk about boilerplate policy positions. Oh, he doesn’t want to raise taxes? He supports alternative energy? Gimme a break.

    Whoa, king is opposed to a Republican! Stop the presses!

  37. Or, not spending more than we have?

    Neither George W. Bush nor M. Jodi Rell passes that test.

    We’ll come back to the subject of the latter frequently.

  38. “I don’t understand why Caligiuri isn’t running for CT-5 against Murphy.”

    I wonder exactly the same thing.

    Because it isn’t about the Senate race?

    […Heath?]

  39. Obama voted for Bush’s bailout package, didn’t he? What else was a politically risky vote on an economic issue that you would have wanted him to make?

    The issue wasn’t votes, it was “standing by the President” on the economy. (Plainly, bailouts are stupid, whether they’re Bush’s or Obama’s.) Obama got himself elected by standing far apart from President Bush on economic issues (primarily by selling a load of crap that the rich weren’t paying their fair share under the Bush tax cuts, when the top 1% of earners pays 40% of all tax revenue to the IRS).

  40. Obama voted for Bush’s bailout package, didn’t he? What else was a politically risky vote on an economic issue that you would have wanted him to make?

    I left out that Obama was busily voting “present” in the Illinois legislature when the Bush tax cuts were first passed.

  41. “Whoa, king is opposed to a Republican! Stop the presses!”

    Who’s king? Whoever that is, I’m sure they’re not crazy about candidates with no real positions outside defense procurement, just like me.

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