An appeal by President Obama to his supporters seeking help for Jerry Brown's candidacy would seem like a godsend for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
But within minutes of Obama's e-mail, so many people clicked the link that Brown's website crashed. Obama supporters looking to contribute or volunteer found this message: "The site is currently not available due to technical problems. Please try again later. Thank you for your understanding."
Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford said the website would be fixed shortly, and that the campaign appreciated the president's help.