April 2nd Update: See april1.paularonsohn.net for details.
Paula Ronsohn has one request: "Give me my name back." The New York City artist and gallery owner was stunned ealier this month when she tried to register the web address PaulaRonsohn.com, and found that it was already taken – not by a cybersquatter, but by congressional candidate Paul Aronsohn.
The 39-year-old Aronsohn, of Ridgewood, is running for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s fifth congressional district to take on Republican Scott Garrett.
Ms. Ronsohn, 30, made the decision to stake her Internet claim at paularonsohn.net, "but it’s not the same. Nobody remembers dot-net. That’s why dot-coms are so sought after. I never imagined that my name would be taken before we tried to put up our site."
That site now resides at www.paularonsohn.net, but focuses more on defeating Mr. Aronsohn than drawing people to Ms. Ronsohn’s gallery. Ronsohn hopes that a loss in November will lead Mr. Aronsohn to abandon his site.
A recent screenshot of paularonsohn.net
As for Mr. Aronsohn’s chances for victory, he will first have to face two primary challengers in June. Those challengers are Camille Abate of Glen Rock, and Zach Sheinberg of Woodcliff Lake. Would Ronsohn support either one of those challengers? "I was unaware that there was a primary [race]," says Ronsohn, "but I will support anyone other than Paul Aronsohn."
The Aronsohn campaign did not return calls for comment.