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Providence candidate proposes during mayoral debate

By Matt DeLong

Here's something you don't see every day. During a Providence mayoral debate Tuesday, Democratic candidate Christopher Young proposed to Kara Russo, his campaign manager and longtime girlfriend, in his closing statement. WPRI-TV has the video.

While she said yes on the spot, WPRI reports that Russo later clarified that she would marry him only if he wins in November. The TV station said Young has been quoted referring to Russo as his fiancee in news reports for a month.

This isn't the first time Young has diverged from standard campaign protocol. On Monday, Young appeared on a morning show on Fox's Providence affiliate and serenaded the stunned anchor with a several-minute-long song about rich people and Jesus, set to music emanating from a tape recorder in his pocket. The result is a truly must-watch clip.

When the anchor finally cuts Young off, he tells her he hopes she "learned something from it" and says he hopes to bring his guitarist with him next time. Great television.

By Matt DeLong  |  August 26, 2010; 9:46 AM ET
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I thought he was engaged to the Virgin Mary, and that's why he normally carries a big statue of Mary around with him. You never can tell.

Posted by: CitizenWhy | August 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Rhode Island politics -- never a dull moment.

Posted by: JMay1 | August 26, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This yutz makes the guy from South Carolina look like a genius.

Can we please get real Democrats (idealistic, good spellers, and not greedy) on ballots around the country, please?

Posted by: bs2004 | August 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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