'America's Worst Governor' wins award


A site concocted by the state Democratic Party to mock Gov. Jim Gibbons has won a national political advertising award for a local company.

Proof Interactive, the Las Vegas Web design firm that created the "America's Worst Governor" site, won a 2009 Pollie Award over the weekend -- first place in the category "Website: Best Use of Negative/Contrast."

The firm is owned by local Democratic operative Dan Geary, who designed the state party's site and those of numerous Democratic candidates. (The awards aren't online yet, but Political Eye has seen a list of the results.)

The party came up with the site as an amusing stunt and an attempt to get the "worst" title unofficially bestowed on Gibbons. However, it hasn't been updated since December. Apparently Gibbons hasn't made any goofs in 2009. The party says they're in the process of uploading a bunch of updates to the site to keep the timeline current.

The awards given by the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals are the highest honors for the dubious profession of spinning political reality and sliming one's opponents.