Municipal Election 2006

More on the Eisenberger Campaign Website

By Ryan McGreal
Published September 08, 2006

The plot thins.

According to today's Hamilton Spectator, Mario Joanette, Larry Di Ianni's campaign manager, received a tip from a friend or possibly relative of the Mayor, who had searched Google for Fred Eisenberger's name and found a link to, a website that appeared to be a demo of Eisenberger's campaign website.

A whois lookup of shows it registered to a company called Domains by Proxy, Inc, which obfuscates the ownership of web domains, on September 3, 2006.

The Spec reports that repeated the Google search did not turn up the result. Also, Google normally makes a copy of every site it indexes and offers links to the cached copy, but there does not appear to be a cache for either.

This has led to questions about just what's going on, and whether the original tip was legitimate.

I tried searching Google for the site and could not find anything either. However, a search using Yahoo!, an alternate search engine, does find the controversial site.

Yahoo! has also saved a cached copy of the original page, which features the page title "Fred for Mayor | Leadership for a Change" and standard graphic design industry placeholder text.

The cache has links to additional pages on the server: Contribute, Volunteer, About Fred, Links, and Join our Mailing List, and features a poll question: "What issue affects you the most? Health care, Taxes, Crime". None of these pages are active.

The page also has a working link to the Conservative Party of Canada website.

In other words, both the Di Ianni and Eisenberger campaigns are probably telling the truth. However, that doesn't change the fact that Eisenberger registered his official website before announcing his candidacy.

As for why the site disappeared from Google's index, the company is currently undergoing a significant internal restructuring of how it crawls and indexes the web. It's possible the site was in its index and then dropped out or was moved into a supplemental index, where the rules for search results are different.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By King James (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2006 at 16:48:02

Way to present an alternative Fred!

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