A volunteer for an opponent of a former U.S. Attorney who is now running for governor in Wyoming tricked people seeking information on the ex-prosecutor — Matt Mead – on the Internet, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported today.
The unnamed volunteer bought the Internet domain name mattmeadforgovernor.com, which redirected visitors to the campaign Web site of Wyoming state auditor Rita Meyer, who is running against Mead for the Republican nomination for governor. The bogus Web address now directs users to Mead’s official campaign Web site, meadforgovernor.com.
“This is the power of technology,” Meyer told the newspaper. “Sometimes these technology whippersnappers get a little overenthusiastic.”
The state auditor added that she took the campaign helper “to the woodshed” and was sorry about the incident.
Mead told the Tribune-Eagle that he didn’t think Meyer was involved with the Web site trickery. But he said using deception “isn’t the way you campaign in Wyoming.”
“I want voters to view everyone’s ideas,” Mead told the Cheyenne newspaper. “I don’t understand why somebody wants to do something like this. I don’t think it’s effective.”