Does domain name game reveal a new candidate?
One way to get an idea of the candidates Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has been considering for his running mate: Look up which potential campaign website domain names have been reserved, and which remain available.
For example, Ehrlich's former Secretary of State Mary Kane, perhaps the potential lieutenant governor pick most talked about, seems a safe bet. Someone purchased the domain names www.ehrlichkane.com and www.ehrlichkane.org by proxy on June 19.
But domain names for other supposed contenders are still available, making it seem less likely they'll be picked. For example: www.EhrlichDenis.com is not taken, a bad sign for supporters of Howard Denis. Also available is www.ehrlichcarson.com, signaling that celebrity surgeon Ben Carson probably won't be leaving his medical practice. Nobody's bought www.ehrlichjacobs.com, so Sen. Nancy Jacobs is probably out.
The method does reveal an interesting new name. Somebody snapped up www.ehrlichallen.com, also by proxy, on June 24.
Jeanne Allen appeared at Ehrlich's charter school roundtable in Gaithersburg last week, where he heaped praise upon her for her education advocacy and encouraged reporters to talk with her. The campaign schedule for Ehrlich and his unnamed running mate on Thursday includes a visit to the Bluefort Drew Jemison STEM Academy, a charter school in Baltimore.
We’ll know the answer for sure in a few hours, when Ehrlich announced his running mate on Facebook, but Allen has some strong positives for the campaign. As a woman she can help Ehrlich in a demographic in which he trails Gov. Martin O’Malley. She lives in Montgomery County – home to the second highest number of registered Republicans after Baltimore County. And she’s spent her career thinking about education and charter schools as the founder of the Center for Education Reform.