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Matt Dole signs up with my former boss...

August 20, 2007 12:06 PM

... Mark Weaver.  Funny how things turn out.  Matt was (until mid-July) one of Ohio's most prominent GOP bloggers.  A few weeks ago, he mysteriously announced he was closing down his blog to pursue other opportunities.  And then last week came the news that he had signed up with Mark Weaver to work at Communications Counsel.

I've been surprised by the attention this has received, such as this post from the prominent left-wing site Buckeye State Blog:

Last week Matt Dole, the prominent Republican blogger which surprised all by scrubbing his blog and going underground, popped back on the radar. Not surprisingly, Dole had been hired into to Ohio Super Republican Consultant Mark Weaver's Communications Counsel. For those out of the loop, Weaver was largely responsible for Betty Montgomery's place in Ohio government, along with countless others in the Ohio statehouse. The position with Weaver is quite a reward for the young Dole.

It will be interesting to see how these two fare together.  Mark has a bloggers' brain--he's a news junkie, he's eccentric, and he works really weird hours--so I'm a little surprised he thinks he even needs help with new media.  But he and Matt should have a good time working on creative ways to get the blogs to drive what the old media is covering.  I just hope they're careful about how they try to "use" the conservative blogs to feed the old media machine.  We're pretty savy.



Matt Dole was and is far from being a “conservative.” In that I fear many of the SOBers and other Ohio conservative bloggers will become a tool for the ORP. Conservatives need to keep the ORP and GOP at arms length.

Brian   ·  August 20, 2007 01:30 PM

On the other hand, I encourage conservative SOBers to get involved in the ORP in order to effect change. If we shun them, they win and we continue to lose...

Matt Hurley   ·  August 20, 2007 02:40 PM

Brian, I agree with you in principle, but one blogger going to work for a campaign consultant does not make for a trend. I'm just happy for him because he turned blogging into a way to make money, and that's nice to see.

Matt, I think it's easier for a blogger to be influential from outside, rather than in. And to influence the ORP, it takes some one like Matt Naugle, who can beat the political drum non-stop, and annoy all the right people.

Nasty, Brutish and Short   ·  August 20, 2007 04:31 PM