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A Day at the Myraces

Since we went public this week with Westword's myspace/myrace pages for the six Colorado gubernatorial candidates, much action has occured on the profiles we created on myspace.com. Both Bill Ritter and Bob Beauprez have gotten hundreds of page views in the past few days, but Democrat Ritter (who also has an official myspace page) has pulled ahead with five Colorado residents requesting to be his friend. Next up is Libertarian Dawn Winkler with four friends, followed by Beauprez, the Republican nominee, with three friends. Candidates Chuck Sylvester, Clyde Harkins and Paul Fiorino have yet to log any friend requests.

Debate on the comment boards has been lively, and today a 24-year-old Denver woman wrote this message to Beauprez:

Dear Mr. Beauprez, I am deeply confused by your presentation of your self on myspace. For me the dance music culture has been entirely about acceptance, love, and understanding. Your congressional record has not shown you to be representative of these qualities. I call you out, Robert Beauprez! You are not one of us.

If you should wish to be, may I subtly suggest that you consider first, in any decision, true compassion for humanity. Consider what this means to you, at what point does compassion fall by the wayside for politics. Love your brother, love your sister. Those headphones mean that, to most people; are you one of them??? ps ask joey who leona is.....

The Congressman (or what passes for him at this newspaper) has drafted this as his response: Leona, Whats brackin dawg... jus breezin through mezzages..wht U say i got no luv 4 da muzic? ck out my campainz site. my recrd shoz i got the izzuez to rep the dance luv. Holla back at yo boy wit ya vote. Ghost!!!!!! Beauprizzle pz. joey iz a bitch!

Westword's myrace voting ends on November 1. — Jared Jacang Maher

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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