Not only has he officially announced his candidacy earlier than other would-be GOP opponents, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has also gotten his first presidential campaign tech fail out of the way.
TedCruz.com is a single-page pro-Obama message, and, as discovered by cheeky newspaper The Observer, TedCruzForAmerica.com redirects to Healthcare.gov -- kryptonite for conservative Republicans like Mr. Cruz.
This is just a case of domain squatters trying to mess with your head by buying up his name to troll supporters.
The just-announced presidential hopeful hasn't exactly endeared himself to tech and science buffs. Take his disbelief in the existence of climate change. Just yesterday, according to ThinkProgress.org, he told Sirius XM's Breitbart News that those who want to curb greenhouse gas emissions to suppress climate change base their theories on "apocalyptic computer models."
He's also ruffled feathers of those who believe he is not suitable to chair the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness which oversees the NASA budget. He recently said he wants to reduce NASA spending on earth sciences work.
So, it's no surprise that the left -- and perhaps even more centrist media watchers -- are ready to pounce on what appears to be the first tech fail of his presidential campaign. TedCruz.com is a black page declaring a simple message in all-caps: "Support President Obama. Immigration Reform Now!" Mr. Cruz is against immigration reform.
It is not clear who is behind the site. WhoIs domain lookup data, however, indicates the domain has been held by its current owner since April 16, 2014 and was created ten years ago, back when Sen. Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas. The official site for the Cruz for President campaign is TedCruz.org.
A call into the Cruz camp to comment went to voicemail.
Media observers took notice late last year when former head of digital for Sen. Cruz's Senate campaign, Vincent Harris -- founder of Austin-based GOP digital firm Harris Media -- ditched his home-state client to lead digital for Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign. The digital consultancy most recently oversaw digital strategy for Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Likud Party.