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January 17, 2019

The Pennsylvania Republican Party bought a ‘Bob Casey for President’ web domain

If Casey runs, he'll have one fewer web domain at his disposal

Politics Election 2020
07282016_Bob_Casey1_JS.jpg Joe Santoliquito/For PhillyVoice

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

It’s that time: The 2020 Presidential Race is starting to heat up, with a slew of Democratic announcements cropping up, which means things are going to get weird.

Back in November, just a week after the midterm elections, Pennsylvania's Sen. Bob Casey didn’t outright deny that he was considering running for president.

“We’ll see what happens,” Casey said at the time.

So when word got out that the web domain for “” was registered, it was fair to wonder if some kind of announcement was coming.

Instead, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, it was the Pennsylvania Republican Party purchasing the domain.

The domain name was actually purchased and registered back on Nov. 27, domain investing blogger Elliot Silver noted at the time.

State Republican spokesman Jason Gottesman told the Post-Gazette this week that the party bought the domain because they feel Casey’s values are not aligned with Americans’ values.

“If (Mr. Casey) seeks higher office,” Gottseman told the Post-Gazette, “we will make sure people know about his record and his background.”

The domain, registered with GoDaddy, does not house an actual website at the moment. Through its “Domain Buy Service,” GoDaddy offers to contact the current owner of the website to find out if the owner will sell the domain to you for $69.99 plus commission. (We're going to guess it wouldn’t work.)

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