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One Ga. Democrat's Difficult Digital Debut


A screenshot of the "Tood Robinson for U.S. Senate" campaign website, taken at 2 p.m. on July 22, 2013.

Republicans may have hit Alison Lundergan Grimes for waiting almost a week after her announcement to launch a campaign website, but there's something to be said about going online before you're ready. Take former firefighter and Army veteran Todd Robinson, a new Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia, for example, or "Tood Robinson," as his website occasionally refers to him.

A Google search of key phrases from Robinson's website shows that it is based on a template that has been used for a variety of different causes, but it's clear that Robinson hasn't yet finished filling it out. The template appears to be a popular one nationwide: Users include a school board candidate in Memphis, Tenn., a state Senate candidate in New Jersey and even a California attorney who doesn't appear to be running for office at all but according to his site, does hope to "tackle the budget deficit with common-sense solutions."

Robinson's staff page gives the impression that his campaign team is a secret or has asked not be identified. Rather than photos, it features the outlines of two men and one women alongside descriptions of Robinson's campaign manager, chief of staff and chief financial officer, but refers to them only by their titles without offering names or personal details. A quick Google search shows that this is standard fare for the template, but given that it appears that Robinson lacks an actual campaign team, it's interesting that he went in and added that he and "Campaign Manager" first met in Columbus, Ga. The site also refers to the CFO by his apparent first name, "Chief." Robinson registered with the Federal Election Commission on July 9 and lists himself as the "temporary Treasurer" for his own campaign committee, presumably while he searches the Yellow Pages for someone named Campaign Treasurer.

Robinson said he has brought on Charles Gibson as an adviser. He's also hired a treasurer, but said he wouldn't update the website until after he makes his official announcement this afternoon. "We just haven't inputted them," he said.

But the problems don't end there. Another page of Robinson's site claims that he has new advertisement that "hit the airwaves this week." Though it promises that "you can view the spot in the video below," the video seems to be playing an ad for a German telecommunications company over and over again.

The site's PayPal link, of course, is working.

Unfortunately for Robinson, his website was picked up by the popular Georgia political blog Peach Pundit, which blasted it out to readers in its daily email digest this morning, before some of these early kinks could be sorted out.

Robinson's website features two different phone numbers for the campaign office, one that went unanswered this afternoon and hasn't had its voicemail box set up yet, and one that appears to be Robinson's cell phone. Robinson answered it just before announcing his campaign at 2 p.m. in Columbus this afternoon, but he had to hang up as he went on stage.

UPDATE: An astute reader points out that the photo on Robinson's main page is of the California State Capitol building.

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