by Bill Sloat
Cranley’s ex-campaign manager quietly registers CranleyForMayor domain names
A Democratic operative who once served as former Cincinnati Councilman
John Cranley’s campaign manager already is staking out cyber turf in
advance of Cranley’s rumored run for mayor of Cincinnati. Two Internet domains have been registered for CranleyForMayor on GoDaddy.com. The domains were created three months ago. As yet, no active websites are operating on CranleyForMayor.org or CranleyForMayor.info.
Both sites are held in the name of Jay Kincaid, a longtime Democratic operative in Cincinnati. This
year, Kincaid has been working on the campaigns of Denise Driehaus, who
is seeking reelection to the Ohio House, and Steve Black, who is
running for Common Pleas Judge. (Kincaid is engaged to Black’s daughter.) Kincaid
ran Cranley’s successful 2007 campaign for reelection to Cincinnati
City Council and was paid about $26,000 for the work. Obviously, he and Cranley go back a long way. It’s doubtful Kincaid would have staked out the Internet domains for another candidate to double-cross Cranley. There have been instances where people have grabbed domains to shut out opponents, or set up spoof and decoys as dirty tricks. By all accounts, Kincaid is described as a trusted adviser.
So far, there’s been no official announcement that Cranley is running for mayor. Yet there have been plenty of rumors. Cranley
recently positioned himself as an opponent of Mayor Mark Mallory’s
efforts to finance the streetcar project, a move that put him back in
the news. Registering Internet domains is likely to add to the speculation. All
candidates these days have websites, and the portals are central to
fundraising, getting out the word on issues and scheduling events.
might be running to succeed Mallory, who is term-limited out of office
next year? Among the D’s, names being mentioned include Vice Mayor
Roxanne Qualls, Democratic State Sen. Eric Kearney and Councilman P.G.
Sittenfeld. Kearney is the highest-ranking Democrat in the Ohio Senate, and can’t run for reelection due to term limits. He’s reportedly told people he wants to move into the mayor’s office, but he’s also said to have recently changed his mind. The word from Democratic insiders about Kearney: Stay tuned. Qualls, who served as mayor in the 1990s, is said to be a definite. Sittenfeld is called a complete question mark.On the GOP side, Charlie Winburn might run again. And Chris Smitherman is considered a possibility as either a Democrat, Republican, under a Third Party flag or an independent.