The following Press Release was sent out by Michael Hon, a Republican candidate for the Idaho House. Note: Press Releases sent out by candidates do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
On Friday, April 29th, 2022, during a broadcast on the Kevin Miller Show on KIDO radio, two callers indicated they had discovered that the URLs mikehon4idaho.com
were both redirecting to my opponent James Holtzclaw’s campaign website. My campaign was unable to purchase either of those domains as they had already been purchased by someone else. As a result, I purchased the domain mikehon4idaho.me
, which is my only official domain at this time.
According to the website whois.com
, both of the domains that I wanted, mikehon4idaho.com
, appear to have been registered by an entity called “Domains By Proxy LLC” on March 12th, 2022, the day after I turned in my paperwork to run for House of Representatives District Seat 20B. I am now in possession of documented proof that both of these domains have been redirecting to the campaign website of my opponent, James Holtzclaw. This was obviously a coordinated effort by my opponent’s campaign.
I find this to be a perfect example of how the Establishment Republicans will do anything to stay in office, even to stoop to the level of effectively “stealing” their opponent’s web traffic and redirecting it to their own website. This is the type of behavior we expect from DEMOCRATS, not supposed conservative Republicans. But frankly I am not surprised by my opponent’s unacceptable and unethical behavior.
Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself, “Is this the type of behavior you want from an individual that represents you in District 20?”
At a bare minimum, my opponent should do the honorable thing and order his campaign to stop redirecting those URLs to his website. This is a test of the content of Mr. Holtzclaw’s character. He has already failed the first part of the test; let’s see if he fails again.