Rep. Connie Mack IV is abandoning his southwest Florida congressional seat to run for Senate, and he's endorsed Tea Party favorite Henry "Trey" Radel III to succeed him. Oddly, Radel has a history of owning such fine websites as CasaDeLasPutas.com, Mamadita.com, and SexGuideOnline.com.
Radel has something of an odd history of domain registration. As part of his campaign, a group called "Friends of Trey Radel" registered websites, including full names of his GOP primary rivals and in some cases set up sites attacking them. The group purchased 23 domain names, but after threats to report the moves to the FEC, Radel ditched the effort and transferred the domain names to his rivals.
He still remains the favorite to win the GOP primary to replace Mack in District 3 and has picked up the endorsement of Rudy Giuliani. Mack has called him "the perfect person to represent southwest Florida in Washington."
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Starting in 2005, his now-defunct company, Trey Enterprises, registered a number of sexually charged web addresses, many of them in Spanish, according to historical domain name ownership records. Among them is www.cojible.com, a slang term defined by Urban Dictionary as "a woman who doesn't look good, but is good enough to sleep with." There was also www.casadelasputas.com (whorehouse), www.mamadita.com (hot babe), www.chicasderio.com (girls of Rio). And in English: www.sexguideonline.com.
The risqué domains have all since expired, and it's unclear whether the web addresses ever included any content. Many of them forwarded to another site claimed by Trey Enterprises, www.buscaque.com (which translates to "what you're looking for"). It's possible the domains were registered as part of a domain parking scheme, where placeholder sites are populated with ads and links, for which the domain owner receives a small fee based on click-through rates.
That right there is not only capitalism at its finest, but family values in action.
Radel is not the first Republican candidate in Florida to be haunted with past business related to sexy Spanish websites. Gov. Rick Scott once owned a stake in a Latino-aimed social networking site that had a business partnership with Playboy Mexico. He was attacked by the nutty Christian Family Coalition during his campaign for "benefiting" from pornography.