January 16, 2004
I'm sure the folks at Fark could lend you a hand

Do you think that maybe this guy kept the photos that came with his wallet until he could get the film on his camera developed?

DENTON - A candidate for Denton County sheriff who posted faked pictures of "friends and supporters" on his campaign Web site has replaced them with pictures of animals.

The original series of pictures on John Dupree's site showed people in various settings holding signs supporting the Republican candidate. They were taken from Web sites that offer generic photos of people holding up blank signs, Dupree said.

Dupree said his webmaster told him the fake pictures were being used as placeholders until they could be replaced with pictures of real supporters. The webmaster didn't think to include a disclaimer, he said.

"The site is still under construction," he told the Denton Record-Chronicle for a story Thursday.

Sheriff's Maj. Greg Leveling, who also is running for sheriff, said Dupree should consider dropping out of the race.

"It is an ethical issue that he needs to look long and hard at," he said. "If these allegations are indeed founded, I think he would have to give that due consideration."

Another candidate, Denton police Detective Benny Parkey, disagreed.

"I don't think it indicates anything about qualifications for sheriff," he said. "I don't believe it's a major issue; I believe he's trying to make an impression maybe a little too hard, and maybe he got bad advice."

I'd file that under Bad Advice From Your Webguru. All I can say to Candidate Dupree is that if your guy even mentions the word "Photoshop", put down the keyboard and slowly back away.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 16, 2004 to General snarkiness | TrackBack

The "friends ans supporters" page is definitely worth a look.

John Dupree is... the Beastmaster!


Posted by: Scott Lucas on January 16, 2004 11:00 AM

Can you spell "stupid," sheriff? While I've often used dummy pictures of about the right size and shape on a development site until the real ones arrived... people are notoriously slow in delivering pictures for their own web sites... I wouldn't dream of putting a site online for public viewing with the placeholders still in place.

Like you, I don't think that's what happened here. It wasn't an accident: someone decided to do this. Whichever one came up with that wretched idea, the sheriff or his web designer, the other one should have run away, very fast.

Posted by: Steve Bates on January 16, 2004 11:04 AM