An enemy of Newt Gingrich appears to have put NewtGingrich.com to intriguing use. Those who wish to visit the site are now being redirected to a roulette of negative stories and web sites poking fun at the former Speaker of the House.
The development began to spread on Twitter around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, with users sharing where they had been redirected when trying to visit his site. Each redirect is a separate reference to baggage from Gingrich's often-rehashed past. Here are a few redirects we got:
- Tiffany & Co. web site: Referencing Gingrich's onetime outstanding debt to the jeweler.
- A Travel Guide to Greece: In reference to the Speaker's luxurious Adriatic vacation in the midst of the campaign this past summer.
- Freddie Mac Website: Poking fun at Gingrich's much-criticized multi-million dollar tenure at the government sponsored mortgage buyer.
- A Washington Post story entitled "Gingrich Presidential Campaign Implodes"
- A story from The Atlantic entitled "Gingrich's Campaign Still Looks an Awful Lot Like a Book Tour"
Gingrich's official campaign website in Newt.org, but it hindsight it appears the Speaker may have been wise to secure NewtGingrich.com considering his long history in Washington accompanied by outspoken foes.
NPR reports that the Democratic group American Bridge 21st Century, claims that it owns the name though it doesn't say it's behind the redirects. It posted a Craigslist ad putting the site up for sale.
"We thought of giving it away, but we wouldn't want to be accused of being socialists. So, make your best offer. We're asking for $1 million, but we'd be happy to accept $500,000 in bling. Heck in the spirit of Christmas we might even let it go for $10,000."