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MySpace risky medium for candidates

May 12, 2006 at 11:19 PM

TORRINGTON, Conn., May 12 (UPI) -- Candidates for governor in California have MySpace sites, and young campaign aides urge candidates to create MySpace profiles, but there can be a risk.

Web sites such as MySpace.com are growing in popularity among those seeking elective office because they provide rare access to a younger audience, the Hartford Courant reported.

But when Ryan Bingham, 22, created a MySpace.com site to reach out to young voters in his campaign to unseat the mayor of Torrington, Conn., someone else went on and changed his occupation.

Instead of mayor, Bingham's occupation was listed as malebigalow, an apparent reference to a Rob Schneider comedy "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."

"When you try to keep your life open there's always a chance people will take advantage of you and I think that's what happened," Bingham said.

For his part, Bingham said he is disappointed the MySpace dustup has drawn attention away from issues he views as more important, such as the city's school budget.

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