My friend Lauren Benedict is running a very good and hard race against my friend Rep. Allen Freeman. Both the Benedict and Freeman internals show each of them up. I imagine it is going to be a very close race. But, today, the Benedict campaign tried to get really nasty against Rep. Freeman and in the process got a black eye with the reporters covering this race.
According to several reporters I’ve talked to and the Freeman campaign, some individuals very close to the Benedict campaign started circulating a story this morning, requesting that it be embargoed until noon for some odd reason, that Freeman had up a MySpace page that said he was single, had no kids, and did not want kids. The implication is that he’s a seedy guy trying to screw around behind his family’s back. In fact, Rep. Freeman is happily married and has two beautiful little girls.
It turns out that Freeman did have up a MySpace page. Several people in his office suggested he get one as a form of outreach (he’s in real estate). As all the reporters who thought they had a big story learned, if you do what Rep. Freeman did, you get a MySpace page that says you are single, don’t have kids, and don’t want kids.
Well, to set up a MySpace page you have to answer a few mandatory questions. Once you’ve answered the mandatory questions you can set up a page or keep answering more stupid questions. If you just answer the mandatory questions and set up your page, it lists you as single, without kids, and not wanting kids. It’s called a “default.