“You’ve got to get your domain name registered early, long before you
consider running for office. ... If you don’t do that, it is inevitable that
someone is going to grab the domain name and make your life difficult.” That was Democratic strategist Kari Chisholm talking to The Hill earlier this year about the phenomenon of political campaigns snatching up opponents' internet domain names. The latest example of this inevitability can be found right here in Illinois, where independent Cook County assessor candidate Forrest Claypool's team apparently beat Democratic nominee Joe Berrios to the following domain: www.joeberrios.com.
Oops. Now the Claypool campaign is using the site to slam Berrios' record as chair of the Cook County Board of Review. It doesn't show up yet in the Google search results for "Joe Berrios," but you can bet that will change in the coming weeks. (Meanwhile, Berrios' official homepage can be found at: www.electjoeberrios.com.)