Where In The World Was Terry McAuliffe?
Porting snazzy technology to the campaign grind can net unexpected results.
Take, for instance, Terry McAuliffe's campaign stop off the coast of Ghana.
All he was trying to do was let everyone know about his town hall with chemical company workers outside Richmond. But he put himself in the hands of UberTwitter, software for mobile blogging from his Blackberry.
"Great townhall meeting with employees at ChemTreat. Got lots of questions about my jobs plan," he Tweeted Thursday, linking to his location and an image of himself in a blue shirt surrounded by eager listeners. But the automatically generated Google map, fed by cell tower information ("No GPS hardware required," says UberTwitter), put his smiling mug in the sea off the Ghanaian capital of Accra.
"Dunno what's up with twitter. First it says I'm in Bethesda, now I'm off the coast of Africa. We've been in VA all day," McAuliffe Tweeted later.
Creigh Deeds, meanwhile, has been using his feed to chart his final-days discography (lots of Bruce, then yesterday: "Feel a little Kristofferson coming on.") He's also used Twitter to get in a few licks.
"Well I guess Terry has a leg up in the Montana precincts," he quipped after Gov. Brian Schweitzer endorsed McAuliffe.
"Both Terry and Bob have cameras on me. Must be doing something right," he wrote Saturday.
Brian Moran's staff has been employing his Twitter account to hype other online efforts. "We're coming up on our 1000th member of Organize Virginia! Who will put us over the top?" they wrote.
While McAuliffe may not always have the continent right, he's winning the Twitter-follower vanity count by a mile: Moran is at 927, Deeds counts 970, and the African traveler has 1,552.
June 7, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe
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