On the surface, it seems somebody's half-baked idea got put into action. That those same people could so thoroughly misunderstand the spirit of cooperation that has made Ross Catrow's RVABlogs the boon to Richmond it has been doesn't speak well for the Jones' camp.
Maybe it will turn out to have been an accident? Probably not.
Will this begin a process that will force Ross to ban campaign web sites, or set rules about the number of posts from one site? Or, will this just take care of itself because it will backfire on the perpetrator so badly that we won't see any more of it?
Update: An email from Kevin O'Holleran, Jones' campaign manager, just came in (7/11/08). He wrote:
I just saw your post about the RVABlogs. Just to clear up any confusion, this was not done purposefully by our campaign. You may have noticed that we made some redesign changes to our website that was switched over at about 9:20 pm on Wednesday night. I’m not by any means an expert when it comes to websites, but what I believed happened was when we switched it reposted all of our previous posts backdated through May through our RSS feed.
Again, this was an unintentional mistake and hopefully won’t happen again. Please let me know if you have any other questions.