Familiar faces are squaring off again in the Bradenton mayoral race: incumbent Wayne Poston and his predecessor, Bill Evers. This campaign, though, is taking a new dimension of online shenanigans.
Reporter Melanie Marquez got a tip late Thursday that all wasn’t what it appeared online. Take your browser to wayneposton.com, and up pops Evers’ campaign site. All parties claim ignorance of the crossed lines, but as of this posting, it still wasn’t fixed.
Poston does have a valid campaign site (Melanie missed that one in print; her online story includes that now) at postonformayor.com –- and the gloves are off there, too. Bill Evers’ “legacy” is little more than eroding infrastructure through the incumbent’s website. And Evers’ site has a gritty side-by-side comparison of what he accomplished, vs. Poston’s efforts. (In case you missed Melanie's story,here’s a link:)
Ah, politics. But since Evers' site solicits contributions, there may be more to this story. One attorney told Melanie that while the redirection from the wayneposton.com site to Evers' site might not fall under First Amendment rights, the solicitation portion might have commercial value. Stay tuned.
And check out Bradenton.com this afternoon, for the latest after these candidates square off at noon at the Bradenton Country Club.