Herewith, Exhibit No. 157 in the case of politicians v. Internet domain names: As mentioned in last night’s links, D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. has joined Twitter.
When I checked his profile yesterday, it linked to “HTHOMAS5.ORG” — an address that linked to whole lot of nothing. This morning, if you visit that site, however, it forwards to harrythomasjr.com, a site set up by the local Republican party to publicize graft allegations leveled against Thomas by the city’s attorney general and to promote calls for his resignation. Needless to say, it was an odd choice for Thomas to promote.
Turns out, Thomas never bothered actually registering “HTHOMAS5.ORG” before linking to it. So Paul Craney, the resourceful executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, bought it himself and sent HTHOMAS.ORG visitors on to harrythomasjr.com.
Craney said the domain hijacking cost him $19.34.
A Thomas aide has not replied to an e-mail I sent earlier today, but someone in Thomasland has since noticed the snafu — the link has been changed to Thomas’s official council site.