John Dingell accused of redesigning campaign website to copy Republican opponent
U.S. Congressman John Dingell, D-Dearborn, has revamped his campaign website, changing up the layout, color scheme and site features.
It's a move his campaign manager calls an attempt to better communicate with constituents and improve social media functions.
"Congressman Dingell is always looking for ways to utilize technology to communicate with voters," said Dingell's campaign manager, Jason Ellenburg. "The new site puts an emphasis on some of the social media tools that the Congressman uses, like Facebook and Twitter."
But it turns out the long-time lawmaker's new site looks a lot like the campaign website for Rob Steele, an Ann Arbor-area cardiologist and Dingell's Republican opponent in the Nov. 2 election.
An anonymous Republican political blogger who goes by the name "The blogprof" is calling out Dingell for the design change, suggesting the Congressman of 55 years is trying to copy Steele.
"Imitation, it seems, really is a form of flattery," the blogger writes, suggesting Dingell is afraid because "for the first time in over half a century, the official House fossil is in trouble for reelection."
Ellenburg said if Dingell's website looks anything like his opponent's, it's purely coincidence and not an attempt to copy Steele.
"I think it's pretty absurd and a weak attempt at getting attention," Ellenburg said of the allegations. "It goes to show that they really don't have anything to talk about. They sure don't want to talk about (Steele's) policy, because frankly that would scare voters away — policies like outsourcing jobs and privatizing Social Security."
Steele recently appeared on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News to talk about his campaign to oust Dingell. Watch below.