There are lots of things I don't understand about the way that the Democratic campaigns are trying to establish their online presence. I didn't understand it when Michael Arcuri waited three months after informally starting his campaign to actually get his web site up online. I didn't understand it yesterday when I found that Arcuri's campaign had deleted a message on the Arcuri for Congress campaign site's discussion board that asked what Arcuri's position on abortion is.
This morning, I don't understand why the link to the discussion forum has been removed from the Arcuri for Congress campaign web site. Today, of all days, doesn't Michael Arcuri want voters to get involved at his web site?
The Arcuri for Congress discussion forum gave the Arcuri campaign an advantage over the Les Roberts campaign web site, even though the Les Roberts web site had a two-month head start.
Is it, perhaps, just a programming glitch? Is it a coincidence that, a day after I asked why a message about abortion was deleted from the Arcuri for Congress web site's forum, the link to the forum itself was deleted? Is someone on the Arcuri campaign worried that they won't be able to control their message if they allow voters a place to speak?
For now, you can still get to the Arcuri for Congress discussion board directly, by following this link. I encourage you to go and follow-up on what's going on there. Since I left a message there yesterday morning (as "Guest") asking about Arcuri's position on abortion, eight people have read the message, but no one from Arcuri's campaign has responded.
I hope that the removal of the discussion board is just an error, or a temporary necessity for an upgrade in the web site in general. I understand that some aspects of running a web site can be tricky at times.
Right now, as the nation awaits Sherwood Boehlert's formal retirement announcement, the Arcuri for Congress campaign needs to be developing more ways to involve voters in its campaign, not shutting these forums down.