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Clark County

March 2, 2007

Galligan domain names taken in Jeffersonville mayoral campaign

Three Internet domain names that could be appropriate for Jeffersonville mayoral candidate Tom Galligan have been tied up by the city’s information technology director, who is helping with the re-election campaign of Mayor Rob Waiz.

Galligan is challenging Waiz in the Democratic primary on May 8. Four years ago, Waiz beat Galligan, who was then a two-term incumbent, by 479 votes out of more than 4,300 cast in a four-way race.

The Web addresses — www.tomgalliganformayor.com, www.galliganformayor.com and www.tomgalligan.com — were reserved by city of Jeffersonville IT director Roger Hardy on Nov. 3, 2006, through the Herndon, Va., company Network Solutions LLC. The registrations expire on Nov. 3, three days before the general election.

“I’m very disappointed,” Galligan said. “It’s a little childish. The thing that got me is when he took my name.”

The winner of the primary race between Galligan and Waiz will face Republican County Councilman Monty Snelling in the Nov. 6 general election.

Hardy, who was hired as the city’s IT director last year following the death of Rich Davis, referred a reporter’s call about the Galligan domain names to Les Merkley, who serves as Waiz’s city attorney and unofficial campaign manager.

“It’s a purely defensive tactic by the Waiz campaign,” said Merkley, adding that the campaign has not decided how it will use the domain names during the next nine months. “If the Galligan campaign wants one of the domain names, we’d give it to them” for what it cost Waiz to reserve the names.

Galligan said he already has a domain name — www.galligangetsitdone.com — and that his Web site will be available soon.

Merkley added, “This is not the first campaign that has done this. It’s a fairly common practice in a lot of campaigns. We did it four years ago.”

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