August 25, 2010 / 8:16 PM / 8 years ago

Campaign pledge: U.S. mayoral hopeful pops the question

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - A long-shot candidate to become mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, might have locked up at least one vote after proposing to his girlfriend during a televised debate.

Christopher Young, a Democrat, popped the question to his campaign manager and longtime companion Kara Russo when making closing remarks during a five-way debate Tuesday night.

After briefly noting budget shortfalls and pension liabilities, Young got down to his main issue.

“Now is the time to build anew. Now is the time to reach our potential ... So I would say to Kara, would you please marry me?”

At that Young, who bears a passing resemblance to late comedian Chris Farley, whipped out a ring box and placed it on the podium.

Fellow candidate Jonathan Scott quipped that Young, who has run for several municipal, state and federal offices in Rhode Island, is “always a hard act to follow.”

Russo said yes to Young’s proposal, which he later clarified as being conditional on his winning the election. He faces three others in the Democratic primary on Sept 14.

It wasn’t Young’s first unorthodox campaign stunt. On Monday, during a “Coffee with the Candidates” segment on Providence’s Fox affiliate, he broke into a song he had written wondering if rich people are “lost.”

Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Patricia Reaney

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