A new development in endless campaign speculation over the past few years has been the spotting of domain names, which tend to be bought by prospective campaigns and held in reserve for a period of time before the campaign is announced.
For instance, someone spotted the fact that www.jodirell.com has been reserved, although for some reason WHOIS won't tell us who, exactly, bought it. However, we do have our suspicions, and it's yet another piece of evidence that Governor Rell is planning to run next year.
If we needed any more convincing that Kevin Sullivan is going to run for governor next year, check out the WHOIS listing for www.sullivan2006.com. Yep, that's him. We should expect an announcement any day now.
Now, the really interesting one is www.blumenthal2006.com, which appears to have been recently reserved. WHOIS has no information at all about this domain, so it could be anybody setting this up. Even if Blumenthal or his staff have purchased this domain, the name itself unhelpfully tells us nothing about what, exactly, he's running for next year. Governor? Senator? Attorney General? Dogcatcher?
Blumenthal playing coy is starting to wear thin, and he's fast coming up on the point where he'll either need to fish or cut bait if he wants to be competitive in the money race. Unfortunately, he has no attractive options open to him now. The Senate seat he's rumored to want isn't open (and won't be for a while), there's an incumbent governor with good poll numbers who seems to be gunning for him and staying as attorney general will essentially doom him to obscurity as Democrats throw their hands up in disgust.
In the meantime, the domain-name spotting will continue.
Apparently, I'm wrong, wrong, wrong about jodirell.com and blumenthal2006.com. Thanks to Aldon for checking a useful Whois server to get more information.