If you ever plan on being a politician, there's only one way to arm yourself against the swarming pool of sharks that is the Internet. Register a website in every variation of your name possible. Do it now.
Congressional hopeful Stephene Moore didn't. The most obvious configuration of her name, StepheneMoore.com was just skipping freely through cyberspace, waiting to be plucked up by a big bad wolf in grandma's clothes. Yes, we're talking about Kevin Yoder, master illusionist and Moore rival who has tricked the public into believing he has children, a dog, and permission to film on a college campus when really, he had none.
Moore's own site, StepheneMooreForCongress.com, is quite a clunker when compared to Yoder's sleek impostor site that's 11 letters shorter. StepheneMoore.com is pretty obviously not endorsed by Moore, with a national debt clock promising "Moore on the way" and some favorable Kevin Yoder ads.
In an article by KMBC Channel 9, Yoder said, "This website is a light-hearted look at Stephene Moore's campaign and some issues votes need to be aware of." Those issues include a destination map of Moore's travels with prices listed that Yoder claims were billed to taxpayers. The trip cost also suggests the amount Yoder recommends you contribute to his campaign, complete with links to DonationsForYoder.com.
Moore is filing a federal complaint against Yoder for his use of the site. "He is falsifying my name by making it look it's my website," she said. She claims the information on the site is not factual.
By slipping from real life to cyberspace, Yoder continues to surpass our predictions about Yoder's next thievery. Next up? Kevin Yoder may steal Jupiter, that no-goodnik Republican red planet.