Earlier this week, we reported on Marc Cenedella — potential challenger to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and the fracas in which he he suddenly found himself when some possibly sexists/definitely ridiculous blog posts were found on a personal blog of his.
Now, initially, he — or at least the company he runs — blamed the offending posts on spiders. To be fair, they don't mean arachnids who hang out in the Starbucks down the street so everybody can see them typing on their Macbooks. No, though the actual excuse is only slightly more believable. They mean automated indexers that crawl the web and pull in content about steak & blow job holidays and the like.
At any rate, we have an update: Mr. Cenedella is still saying he didn't write the posts, but he is taking "full responsibility" for the digital spiders which he has befriended…
Marc, a Republican businessman laying the groundwork for a possible run for a United States Senate seat in New York, said on Tuesday that he took "full responsibility" for blog posts about sex, women and drugs that have drawn criticism.
In an interview posted online by Capital Tonight, a statewide political program that runs on the YNN network, Mr. Cenedella said that the entries were by various authors who wrote for a site that he published previously called Stone.
"I can’t tell you which author wrote which one," Mr. Cenedella said in the interview. "I'm the publisher; I take responsibility for the whole thing."
This is a smart move on Cenedella's part. This is New York, a state that saw consecutive sex scandal-ridden governors and sent a penis-tweeter to the House of Representatives. I don't think they're gonna blanch to strongly at few "Sexy vs. Skanky" and "High Quality Dope" blog posts.
And it's never advisable to throw a bunch of internet spiders under the bus. One could crawl out of your smart phone and lay eggs in your brain. Don't think I haven't seen David Cronenberg movies!
Tags: Kirsten Gillibrand, Marc Cenedella, New York, Senate
New York is a pretty solidly blue state, but Republican insiders think Marc Cenedella –entrepreneur and found of job-search site TheLadders.com — could be the right GOP candidate to beat Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
So far, Cenedella appears to be doing all the right things to position himself as a formidable opponent. He's traveling around the state to build voter support, soliciting donations and, of course, openly blogging about sex and drugs…
Until recently, a Web site, blog.theladders.com/rock, bore Mr. Cenedella's photograph and the title "The personal blog of Marc Cenedella." It provided tips on polishing résumés, preparing for job interviews and the like. But it also had a number of entries containing random observations about sex, women and drugs.
The entries had headlines like "Sexy vs. Skanky," "Dating Advice for Girly Girls," "He Stole My Weed" and "High Quality Dope."
In an entry titled "A New Holiday for Men," there was a link to a separate site that designates March 14 as a special occasion on which women are encouraged to offer steak and oral sex "to show your man how much you care for him."
Did Cenedella take responsibility for the offensive content? Nope. He did what any responsible would-be senator would do: He blamed spiders…
"The site you are inquiring about (blog.theladders.com/rock) was not Marc's actual blog, Cenedella.com. The site you saw was a maintenance staging site set up at blog.theladders.com/rock." The statement also said that the "staging site contained testing content from a wide variety of sources, including spam from automatic spiders."
Sure, Marc, blame the "spiders" for your blog posts about skanks, polygamy, celebrity jock straps and oral sex-themed holidays. Why not just be open about your creepy perspective of women? It seems to be working out well for Newt Gingrich.
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