I’m in ur Web page

Mark Kennedy is so freaked out about the leak of an unreleased campaign video to Amy Klobuchar that he has taken down his Web site. Except he hasn’t — instead, there’s just some quick and dirty code redirecting people to a nervous message from campaign manager Pat Shotridge, whose blog, strangely, can still be accessed, as can Kennedy’s donations page, which is, apparently, safe from evil hackerz and their mad crackorzing skillz. So is this an act of genuine concern on Kennedy’s part, but enacted with a startling lack of computing skills, or just so much smoke-blowing in order to make more hay out of a video leak that Minnesota Stories Chuck Olsen promises to demonstrate was also caused by faulty programming.

6 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    nothing this big could be uncalculated. Kennedy is behind BIG time. They need something big. I mean, all this page is implying (if not accusing) is that the other campaign is pulling dirty tricks. Guess what… if it was on their WEBSPACE but was not approved or ready to go public, why was it on there in the first place? Explain that, then we can move to who found it, how they found it, how they took it. But why was it available through the web?


  2. Justin (again) (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    GET THIS! to get to the new “secure site,” you have to go throgh a donations page. Amazing. Pat Shortidge is quite the thinker.


  3. Justin (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    My bad. They say “this is the only page we are sure is secure.” But they’re getting two things done, the only things they need to get done at this point: tear down their opponent, and raise money for their campaign. Convenient.


  4. Justin (yet again) (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    I also turned off all “meta directs” through a web developer toolbar for Firefox. I can get to everything on his website now. Apparently it’s not too terribly valuable to keep it off limits. I do not have a lot of knowledge. I do very little (if not no) in-depth web work. But I can get to all these pages. No wonder something “leaked.”


  5. Erica (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    I’m already sick of hearing about this. If it were someone from Klobuchar’s campaign that did the hacking, that would be different. Random blogger? Pfffft. AK’s folks got their hands on it, and then notified the FBI, as they should have. I don’t see why anyone had to resign or be fired over it. Except MK’s website administrator ought to be.

    And have you seen any of Mark Kennedy’s ads anyway? All I really get out of them is that he’s got a cute kid who I hope got a fat allowance for being forced to be in the ad. I might have heard the term “line item veto.”

    What’s going to suck is if MK tries to make the campaign now about this incident, and not about the issues.


  6. Tipper (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 9:18 am

    From the article I read in the Star Tribune, my impression was that the ad was taken off of the marketing people’s website, not Kennedy’s. So I’m confused by the whole taking-down-the-website thing.



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