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Joshua Sharf, the vice-chair of the Denver County Republican party is running for state representative in CO-06.  His campaign website, powered by the WordPress blog engine, lists the following detail:

Eventually, he turned to a career in web development,

Judging from the website, I can see why he eventually turned to a career in politics.

Now, some would say that this is an unfair criticism; the Internet was still in its fledgling stages in 1997 and "Web Development" consisted of some rough html embed tags.

Then why promote a skill which you only have a passing experience with?  Why describe it as a "career" choice if you didn't make it a long term commitment?

I guess it's not so far fetched considering the skills of George W. Bush, a "small businessman" who ran 2 small businesses into the ground. Take a look at this year's slate of Republican candidates, somehow voters are supposed to believe in a doctor who wants to abolish healthcare and multimillionaires who are passing themselves off as populists. From the party which proposes to fix the government's problems by eliminating government we get a "web developer" who chose a WordPress template for his website. It makes perfect sense.

But just when you though the mystery to this guy's incompetence has been solved, I found another mention of his web skills.  

From his 2008 candidate profile:

• Republican candidate Joshua Sharf — A contract Web developer for various companies.

So he was citing "web developer" as his primary vocation as recently as 2008.

The more I think about it, the more I come to realize how typically Republican this guy is. Either he's overstating his resume and has no business coding html, or he really does work in the field but he's incapable of producing anything of value.

Originally posted to bondibox on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans proved that you can put as much stock into their promises as you can a promise made at a Lindsay Lohan probation hearing, -Hari Sevugan

    by bondibox on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 10:41:18 AM PDT

  •  well, I wouldn't necessarily bash using WP (0+ / 0-)

    since it's a pretty easy to use system, especially for something like this.

    But yes, as someone who does web design as an actual career, the site isn't pretty to look at

  •  Well, to his credit (1+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap

    He was smart enough to use a template than put out a horrific looking DIY campaign site that I unfortunately see way too often.  For example, here's one for Ken Cody, an independent candidate for my Congressional district.  Yikes.  And yes, he apparently couldn't shell out a couple of bucks for an actual domain name.  A bit sad, considering the positions given on his Political Courage Test at votesmart.org aren't terrible.  Fortunately I've got Rush Hold as a Congressman, so I don't have to contemplate voting third party at the moment.

  •  Here's his latest CV: (0+ / 0-)

    A Coloradoan for over a decade, Joshua grew up in northern Virginia, graduating high school in 1983 with the International Baccalaureate.

    He attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelors of Science in a dual major of Physics and Mathematics. While at the University, he was elected Treasurer and then President of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, and was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national Physics Honor Society. After graduation, Joshua returned to northern Virginia, where he took up a career in defense and intelligence consulting, working on such projects as satellite systems and missile defense.

    In 1997 he turned west, arriving in Denver in March of that year. He attended the University of Denver as a Daniels Scholar and graduated in 2005 with an MBA as well as a Masters of Science in Finance, and has since passed the NYSE Series 7 and the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam, Level I.

    After winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, Joshua served briefly as Secretary of the Department of Energy, hosted the award-winning PBS show Nova for two years, and invented the cold fusion reactor.

    He now works in a trailer as a web developer.

    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:07:15 AM PDT

  •  As a website developer myself, who has... (3+ / 0-)
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    ebohlman, bondibox, IreGyre

    ...several candidate clients (including Lance Enderle in MI-08, of course...cough up some dough for him, willya?), I'm a bit mixed on this.

    On the one hand, using WordPress or another CMS makes perfect sense for a campaign site; I'm a big supporter of Drupal myself. The client doesn't give a crap what is used to create the site (nor should they) anymore than they care whether you use Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, OpenOffice or whatever to create a spreadsheet, as long as it solves their problem (ie, a nice-looking, easy-to-use, fully functional website).

    On the other hand, he's done a sloppy implementation. Weirdly stretched-out graphics on the left, a sloppily-done logo graphic in the top-left corner, a blank top banner. Not horrible, but no, I wouldn't be bragging about my web design skills if I was the actual candidate either.

    •  Nothing wrong or unprofessional about (1+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap

      using a CMS, especially for a campaign site which by its very nature is going to require lots of people updating it, something which is very hard to manage without a CMS (without one, either all updates have to go through the developer, creating a bottleneck, or the look and feel of different parts of the site gets out of sync and different contributors start stepping on each other's work). What's unprofessional is when the appearance of the site makes it obvious that the developer doesn't really know how to use the CMS.

      It should be noted that the White House uses Drupal for just about everything.

      Oh yeah, another advantage of a CMS is that its authors have already addressed most of the common security vulnerabilities, and extensively tested their countermeasures.

      The schools will probably teach kindergartners to play nice with everyone. — Will Phillips, on how marriage equality would affect education

      by ebohlman on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 02:00:24 PM PDT

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