I started getting reports on Monday that the campaign website for Charles Lollar at Lollar4Governor.com was down. It appeared to be down most of the day before the below was put up on the page sometime early Monday evening. As of 2:00 a.m. on October 23, it remains this way:
This is the equivalent of putting an “Under Construction” sign up on a website. You remember some of those tacky under construction graphics some people used in the ’90s on their website? This is just the modern version of that, and a big no-no.
I’ve helped launch new versions of website on a couple of occasions and the best way to do it is wait until the absolute last moment to flip the switch. Downtime on a Monday like they had yesterday and this non-functioning site since then are not a real help. Suppose I was a voter who didn’t know about Mr. Lollar before I got a palm card from someone supporting him over the weekend? If I waited until Monday to go to the web address on the card I would hit a virtual brick wall.
Of course, the campaign is still handing out materials in some places as recently as this past weekend that have the old website address from the “draft” campaign. That address is draftcharleslollar.com and nothing has changed on it. The screen capture below is from 2:30 a.m. on October 23:
Lollar’s campaign Facebook page and Twitter account have both gone silent since Monday also.
I’m still not sure why draftcharleslollar.com and lollar4governor.com are both running as independent sites now. It would seem that the draft one would redirect to the campaign one by now.
Both domain names are registered to Moshe Technologies, LLC in Rockville with Moshe Starkman as the contact. I don’t know for certain if that means Starkman is still responsible for the site design, but even if it were the case I wouldn’t pin the blame on him. Web designers are hamstrung by their clients many times, especially when the client is one that has the reputation the Lollar campaign does with vendors.
All the people still getting campaign literature with the draftcharleslollar.com address are at least getting something, unlike the ones going to the lollar4governor.com domain. This may not seem like a major mistake but when you add it in with all the other Lollar miscues, they continue to show a picture of a non-serious candidate.
One other note for Lollar’s Harpies who tried to spin that sobriquet as a compliment. The term harpies as it is most often used is not a compliment. It refers to creatures that Dante wrote about inhabiting the seventh circle of Hell.
More on Harpies:
The term is often used metaphorically to refer to a nasty or annoying woman. In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick spots the sharp-tongued Beatrice approaching and exclaims to the Prince, Don Pedro, that he would do an assortment of arduous tasks for him “rather than hold three words conference with this harpy!”
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.