Yesterday we told you about an anti-Rand Paul website that doesn’t quite pass the smell test.
Within a matter of hours I received 13 emails and a couple dozen comments alleging the same thing. One of those comments sums things up quite nicely, so I’ll just share it here:
The maker of this website is William Michael Bryant. He has donated to Trey Grayson.
He is also a GOP chair of Breathitt County. Him owning this site could possibly be a violation of the Kentucky-GOP bylaws that prohibit a GOP chair from endorsing a candidate before the primary.
Originally this Bryant … didn’t have the domain name registration hidden, but he has now recently switched to a domain by proxy to hide his information.
It seems he realized that what he was doing was a big no-no in the Kentucky GOP, so that is probably why he suddenly hid his info.
Several individuals are alleging Breathitt County Republican Party Chairman Mike Bryant is behind the site, as you can see above. Bryant, it appears, is a secret society-type who has contributed to Trey Grayson in the past. All of the websites he’s produced have the same look, feel and use similar code. And all of his domains are registered with GoDaddy, are hosted on the same servers and all fall in the same IP ranges of GoDaddy’s network (I’m quite familiar with this stuff, as we use GoDaddy for backups here). Potentially just a coincidence, but unlikely.
I emailed Bryant asking him to confirm or deny his involvement in the anti-Paul site but have not received a response.
Which is just as well… because various registrar history sites suggest Bryant was the original registrant of tookookyforkentucky.com, which was originally registered on September 3rd of this year.
Somebody has some splainin to do. Any RPK folks wanna chime in about bylaws and rules by which Party chairs must abide?
UPDATE: Just heard back from Bryant. Here’s what he had to say:
Aha! I’ve been found out! Kudos to whoever it was that figured it out. For the longest time I had the site registrant information publicly available and also hosted the site on a shared IP address with a number of other domains. So the site was there for a month or so but without any posts, etc– under the radar so to speak… About a week or before the press release came out I hid the registrant info and put the site on a private IP. Kinda mean, perhaps, but some fun nonetheless. It was no secret, in fact I told a number of people… but it would take more than a simple whois search. Political news does indeed travel fast in the Commonwealth.
Anyway, on with what you may be wondering… The site was paid for with personal funds, does not accept donations, is solely for informational purposes and is in no way affiliated with or coordinated with any political campaign.
LATE UPDATE: Since Bryant and others have their panties in a twist (despite me not saying there was a by-law against it), I have to add: there’s apparently no RPK by-law preventing officers from endorsing candidates in primaries. Read them for yourself by clicking here.