Blogger Swipes Domain Governor Burgum Tweeted

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Brent Sanford, at right in the photo, is the new Lt. Governor Dave Wallis / The Forum

Governor Doug Burgum, because of his background in the tech industry, is seen as probably the most internet-savvy political leader in North Dakota. But he pulled a bit of a boner on Twitter recently.

He sent out this tweet touting the Main Street Initiative, an ill-defined platform of policies he campaigned on back in 2016 but hasn’t done much to flesh out since:

The problem?

Uh, someone forgot to register MainStreetND.org. The folks at the Flickertail Times – a North Dakota-based humor/satire blog (they skewered me pretty good recently) – noticed that the domain wasn’t registered and bought it for themselves.

So now the domain referenced by Governor Burgum forwards to their website.

Whoops!

UPDATE: Just got this from Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki:

I saw your post on the Main Street Initiative website. The problem isn’t that the domain wasn’t registered, it’s that the wrong domain was included in the tweet. It’s MainStreetND.com, not MainStreetND.org. The tweet has been deleted and will be reposted with the correct address.

Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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