Unemployed Kerry Staffer: Might Not Want to Put Web Skills on Resume

We had an idle interest in the identity of the Unemployed Kerry Staffer who seemed so tickled by Hotline's attention -- it wasn't so long ago we had that kind of time on our hands, and we could provide some tips. (Good rule of thumb: Try to have showered by cocktail hour.) But such a random act of kindness on our part would cause pigs to fly, heavens to rend, rain of frogs, etc. Also, we're lazy. But some people care. Some people write long emails explaining their amateur detective work and quasi-half-apologizing for "outing" UKS. These people are other Kerry staffers. Well, one:


From: Tom Matzzie

Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 8:27 PM

Cc: Couch@unemployedkerrystaffer.com

Subject: [kerryedwardsalumni] REVEALED!!

Dear Clare Gannon:

I don't know who you are but we thank you for the week of blog rant you've provided at http://www.unemployedkerrystaffer.blogs.com/ your blog.

Despite press reports and Joe Trippi, I now know that there is at least one former Dean staffer who might have Internet skills inferior to my own: Clare Gannon of unemployedkerrystaffer.com.

After the jump: Complete email, including an offer of dinner to make up for exposure. But considering the tone of the missive, we're thinking Clare and Tom should not have that dinner together.

From: Tom Matzzie

Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 8:27 PM

Cc: Couch@unemployedkerrystaffer.com

Subject: [kerryedwardsalumni] REVEALED!!

Dear Clare Gannon:

I don't know who you are but we thank you for the week of blog rant you've provided at http://www.unemployedkerrystaffer.blogs.com/ your blog.

Despite press reports and Joe Trippi, I now know that there is at least one former Dean staffer who might have Internet skills inferior to my own: Clare Gannon of unemployedkerrystaffer.com

You did a good job of covering your tracks when setting up http://www.unemployedkerrystaffer.blogs.com/ You used Domains by Proxy and hid the domain name registry. But it wasn't enough.

At first I thought Mike Gehrke might have been behind the blog with its sarcasm and typos --and he still may be...he still may be. But after about 40 seconds of effort I found your name in the source code of the page. Sorry Gehrke.

For those who want to try:

In Internet Explorer, put your mouse cursor over the page on http://www.unemployedkerrystaffer.blogs.com/

Right Click

Click 'View Source'

Click 'Ctrl+F' and enter clare gannon

Hit Find Next

Clare, you went to the trouble to hide the domain registry but were burned by Typepad blog software which displays the author's name in the source code. Next time try good ol' fashioned HTML.

The best I can tell from Google and other lists, after the Dean campaign you went to the DNC. Were you the ostrich or the eagle? I've always felt that Bush was more like a velociraptor than an eagle...oh, or was he supposed to be the ostrich?

Google'ed

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Clare+Gannon

Oh, and here is your photo

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3811514/

Good luck to you. You made Last Call, Hotline and Wonkette...and now the Kerry-Edwards Alumni Yahoo Group. Thank you for your service. There is a place out there for you. So don't despair. We need you.

Anyways, sorry about the outing. Dinner at Cashion's is on me and I'll buy a big bag of cat food for Tabby. I was lucky enough to return to my union job and weekly paychecks. Just email tmatzzie@XXXXX.XXX to redeem your prize.

In the event that you didn't create the blog, well, then I'll probably be hiding at The Raven.

from outside the blogosphere,

Tom Matzzie

blogonaut

paratechnical Internet staffer

online agitator

party hack

behind-the-scenes operative

ivory tower tenant

occupant-on-lease, office of shady liberal propaganda

And, former Director of Online Organizing, Kerry-Edwards 2004

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