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Oregon Mayor Recalled for Racy Photos

Should Public Officials Get Private Lives?


Arlington, OR, Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist was recalled by voters who disapproved of her less-than-professional pictures posted on her MySpace profile. The pictures were snapped before she took office and she stands by her right to strictly draw a line between public and private life. She says she doesn't regret posting the photos, saying that essentially that, it's my. space. That's why they call it MySpace. She also said,

"My reaction is that the democratic process took place, and that is a good process that we have in the United States, and it's fair."

The situation does call to mind the Monica Lewinsky snafu. What if she'd had a Facebook page in 1998? No "pokes" jokes I promise.


And finally, here's a sample of headline jokesters:

  • Oregon Mayor Stripped Of Office After Posing In Underwear
  • MySpace Mayor: Kontur-Gronquist Loses Job After Losing Clothes
  • Busty Mayor Stripped of Office
  • Lingerie MySpace Mayor Recalled...

But the serious question remains: do voters have the right to consider the whole picture of a candidate, public and private life, when choosing a leader?

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