I am told that Michael Arcuri had a press conference yesterday, during which he called for an increase in the federal minimum wage. That's great. Mike Arcuri should be talking about the minimum wage - it's an issue that matters to a lot of people in our district, and raising the minumum wage is the right thing to do.
But where was the news of the event?
The Utica Observer-Dispatch didn't give it any coverage this morning. Neither did any other local newspapers that I can find - or television stations, or radio stations.
We could blame a media conspiracy of silence, but then again, there is one particular news outlet that could never be accused of being part of an anti-Arcuri conspiracy: The Arcuri for Congress web site.
Michael Arcuri's own campaign web site mentions nothing about the press conference, or about the minimum wage increase proposal. Why?
I have seen many political campaigns flounder because of a lack of control over their own web site. They hire expensive firms to do web design and maintenance, but these firms take control of the site, only making updates when it's convenient for them to do so.
The fact is that it really isn't very hard at all to add a new page to a web site, once the content is written. Presumably, Mike Arcuri had a short statement to make at yesterday's press conference. All that had to be done was copy and paste the text of that statement into a plain text format, add a few html tags, and it could be online with just 5 minutes of work.
I'd like to believe that the problem with the silence from Arcuri's own campaign about the candidate's activities has something to do with a stubborn web design company playing some kind of weird control games. The alternative explanation is just too depressing to think of without a shudder.