Well, that was fast. Last week the New York Times reported that 41-year-old Republican Marc Cenedella, who founded the job-search Web site TheLadders.com and happened to be angling for Kirsten Gillibrand's New York Senate seat, had a blog with some tasteless posts in his name. Now he's not running. Along with resume and job interview tips, Cenedella's purported blog included helpful advice on how "girly girls" should date and posts about "high quality dope" and the wisdom of a "steak and blow job" holiday. When "an opponent of Cenedella," as the paper described their source, noticed the content, he or she, presumably gleefully, tipped off The Times. And now Cenedella, The Times reports, is out of the race "after concluding that the political calendar was too compressed at this point for him to mount a bid."
Cenedella's representatives have said that the blog, described as "the personal blog of Marc Cenedella" was not, in fact, Marc's actual blog.
His company released a statement Friday afternoon saying: “The site you are inquiring about (blog.theladders.com/rock) was not Marc’s actual blog, Cenedella.com. The site you saw was a maintenance staging site set up at blog.theladders.com/rock.” The statement also said that the “staging site contained testing content from a wide variety of sources, including spam from automatic spiders. We have since eliminated the potential for anyone to view the maintenance site.”
Cenedella said as publisher, he took responsibility for the blog (the now-defunct site Stone, which you can still get a glimpse of here), but that he couldn't say who'd written the offending posts. He also positioned himself as the victim of a Gillibrand-orchestrated smear campaign. And, yet, at the end of the day, he decided not to run.