At some point in the mid to late ’90s, political campaigns figured out that they were supposed to have web sites. The first ones were terrible of course but they have improved, at least aesthetically. Of course most campaign websites tend to be simply an online version of campaign collateral. But some have become quite good.
One might think that this election cycle would usher in the age of campaign blogs. I decided to do a little research to see what Georgia candidates are implementing blogs and whether the candidates really understand blogs.
(note: I only reviewed those candidates that had any mention of a blog.)
Sonny Purdue – Sonny has a blog as part of his campaign website, though it took some sharp eyes to find it. Although Sonny doesn’t write all of the posts, he seems to be updating his blog fairly frequently. Nick Ayers and Chris Scrimpf round out some of the posts.
Cathy Cox – Cathy has a “Blog for Change” as part of her website. However, it doesn’t appear that Cathy actually writes any of the posts and the most recent post is from 5/31.
Mark Taylor – Mark has a blog that is updated on a fairly regular basis. While it doesn’t appear that Mark actually writes any of the posts, I have to give him credit for allowing comments on his blog.
Jim Martin – Pretty good blog. Jim writes all of the posts himself and allows comments.
Greg Hecht – Greg has a “blog” but there is only one post and Greg didn’t write it. Memo to Greg: that isn’t a blog.
Ralph Reed – Ralph writes his own blog but it doesn’t appear that he updates it very often. (At this point I will make no further comments about Ralph either pro or con so as not to start a “flame war“.) 🙂
Secretary of State
Walter Ray – Walter actually has a Blogspot blog. Nice job Walter. However, he hasn’t posted anything since March. No soup for you, Walter!
Karen Handel – Karen has a blog that she calls her “Journal”. Not the greatest formatting and not recently updated. However, she was the only candidate that has a link to her RSS feed.
Rep. Jack Kingston – Jack Kingston is probably the best blogger in Congress. He actually has a blog on his official House of Representatives website and occasionally guest blogs at Redstate and here at PeachPundit.
Brad Hughes – Brad is running against Sanford Bishop and has a Blogspot blog. Decent updating but I can’t tell if Brad actually writes the posts himself.
Cynthia McKinney – Cynthia has a “blog” but it only has one post. Kinda like her tenure in Congress; on the surface it sounds substantial until you find out she hasn’t actually done anything. (I couldn’t help editorializing on this one)
Loren Collins – Loren is running as a write-in candidate in the 4th District. He has a Blogspot blog that is updated frequently. However, I have to penalize him for having a MySpace page.
Mac Collins – Mac has a Blogspot blog as well and it appears that Mac writes much of the content. Kudos to you Mac.