Wright website down after he fired developer

Jared Wright

House District 54 Internet users who have been trying to get information about their state lawmaker have been out of luck this past week.

That’s because Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, took down the page because of issues with it.

Back in February, Wright hired an Idaho web developer to build his Internet site at http://www.wright54.com.

That company, ConnectGOP, had done similar pages for several other Republicans around the West.

But while Wright had taken the time to update sections of the website with some personal data, such as his bio, he hadn’t altered any of the issues sections of the site.

It turned out the developer had put copy in there — some of which was riddled with grammatical errors — that was virtually identical to that of several other Republicans outside of Colorado, some of which still referenced those lawmakers or GOP candidates and the states they live in.

“We just had a disagreement, so I fired him,” Wright said. “We’re getting a new page up now.”

Before it was taken down nearly a week ago, the site included such things as:

■ This is what the Arizona Republican Party wants to help everyone achieve.

■ As an example, before 1980 there were less than 25,000 acres burned in Nevada wildfires each year.

■ Utah State Representative Ken Ivory worked with Utah Governor Gary Herbert to pass legislation asking for a return to the states of the federal lands, which were supposed to be given to the states decades ago.

Several of Wright’s political opponents already have tried to use the website as proof Wright doesn’t know what he’s doing.

But Wright said it was a minor disagreement that has since been resolved.

According to Wright’s campaign finance reports, he paid the company $550 to do the work.

Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, hired the same company to develop his web page, but didn’t have problems with it, in part, because he did change the wording in the issues section, replacing it with his own views.


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I’m amazed that in this day and age these guys need to hire out of state developers. First we DO have some pretty good website developers in Colorado. Second websites are pretty easy to develop these days. I’m thinking that ConnectGOP was just suggested to these guys, and they jumped at the chance. Has anyone investigated who ConnectGOP is?

Are we sure the site isn’t down because Wright didn’t pay the bill?

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