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Posted at 3:22 p.m. on May 1, 2013
When does a website signal a politician’s aspirations? When it changes.
An aide for Rep. Todd Young, a savvy Republican from southern Indiana, emailed reporters on Wednesday morning to announce the campaign is transitioning from its old website, ToddYoungforCongress.com, to a new URL, ToddYoung.org. The campaign’s social-media accounts are transitioning to a similar name.
The aide stressed the campaign wanted a simpler address. Mission accomplished — except Republicans also talk up Young as a statewide candidate down the line. He could run for Senate if Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., retires in 2016 or could challenge newly elected Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in 2018. He could also run for governor, although that seat will not be open until 2020 as long as Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, seeks re-election and not national office.
When pressed on whether the change signaled any future ambitions for Young, spokesman Trevor Foughty demurred.
“There won’t be an opportunity to run statewide for at least six years, and that’s not our focus,” Foughty said. “Our concern was a shorter, easier to remember domain for House races in 2014 and beyond.”