Oh, look, our first attack blog of the 2009 elections

Whoever's behind this site really, really, really hates Tom Menino. Still, it's interesting looking at a site calling for "an open and honest dialogue" on the issues facing Boston when its operators go out of their way to hide their identities:

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15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
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http://www.changeforboston.org/about/

About

This website is dedicated to the City of Boston municipal elections in 2009. 3 candidates are challenging the 16 year incumbent mayor. There are two city-wide open city council seats. There are 22 new risers in the city political scene challenging for these seats. We will aggressively examine all candidates for mayor and city council and aim to provide you with the real truth on each candidate and how they will help change our city.

We hope to be your top source of coverage for the 2009 Boston city elections in November. We are here to bring you as much up to date information as possible. We are an unbiased venue only looking out for the best interests of the citizens of Boston.

The annoying thing about astroturfers and such is the thought that some people are naive enough to listen to them.

And anyone who thinks that they can do anonymous online campaigning and be persuasive to savvy people is not themself savvy.

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Pretty clearly a Flaherty supporter

The text of several posts makes it pretty clear this site was put together by a Flaherty supporter...

...who doesn't proofread his/her own writing.

The many grammatical and spelling mistakes suggest to me, however, that it's not being done by any serious PR or political hack inside the campaign. Probably a fervent supporter, not an insider.

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My Guess? Flaherty Yes, East Boston No

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the whole site is directed at and for Flaherty. The comments are all Southie-centric. Talks about screwing Ed Flynn Jr when he ran, Linehan bashing, and takes aim at Frank Chin of Chinatown. Isn't Chinatown part of the South Boston District Council area? The mis-spelling is either meant to look amateurish or more Flaherty campaign errors

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Good point

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I was thinking Eastie because of the detailed post about how Menino allegedly destroyed the Italian festival.

And, yes, Chinatown is part of Linehan's district.

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OH NO YOU DIDN'T!

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WHOIS info is strictly off limits, Adam. Don't you remember the temper-tantrum UHubbers threw last time?

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Only if there's actually information there

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Which there isn't here - just the address of the domain registrar that Mr. or Ms. Change is using to hide any semblance of actual contact info.

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