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'MySpace Mayor' Gains Celebrity Status on NBC's Today Show (VIDEO)

Most people believe Carmen Gronquist got the short end of the stick.

Carmen Gronquist
Photos from Carmen Gronquist's MySpace page

(SALEM, Ore.) - She may no longer be the Mayor of Arlington, Oregon, but Carmen Gronquist is increasingly becoming a national celebrity since media sources outed her photos from MySpace, showing her clad in lingerie and, as many people writing to have stated, looking quite good, with a healthy tan and plenty of tone.

Today she was featured on NBC's Today Show live, talking about the recent struggle to retain her office in spite of the fallout from the photos, in this small, conservative Eastern Oregon city.

"I had thousands of people e-mail me on MySpace and [ask] for signed photos," the 42-year-old told Today Show hosts.

"We thought about it. We will be donating a portion back to the local ambulance service I’m very involved with and to our health district."

Ironically, it was a city fire/ambulance type vehicle that she posed with in the lingerie photo that caused so much flack. The more important fact may be that she had the photo taken before becoming mayor.

The Today Show points put that in the news stories, the picture of her posing on a town fire truck in an opaque black bra and matching boy-short panties, have invariably led to her description as either "racy" or "risqué."

In reality, she pointed out, the picture doesn’t show as much as the average swimsuit that you can find on most beaches in the summer.

She talked about her former role as a local lifeguard who normally wore a string bikini, Of the local townspeople she described the string bikini as, "much more revealing than what’s on the poster."

Ebay visitors can buy her photos while they are available. We have included a couple of different images of Gronquist in this piece, to show another side to this ousted mayor who is drawing strong support from all over the nation as well as criticism, and definitely putting a place called Arlington, Oregon on the map.

The video below shows former Arlington, Oregon Mayor Carmen Gronquist's other images from YouTube along with a few other select shots of Arlington, set to a version of "Harper Valley PTA" performed by Margie Brandon. It is meant as tongue in cheek, but based on the comments we have received, this woman has much stronger national support than she does from her own townspeople.

Both videos come to us courtesy of YouTube:


Here is FOX News coverage featuring Carmen Gronquist where the hosts suggest the fundraising possibilities that the photo could represent. That is what she is using part of the proceeds from the EBay sales, she said:


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jimbo April 9, 2008 8:28 pm (Pacific time)

Carmen, won't you please be my mayor?

Scott March 6, 2008 12:42 am (Pacific time)

Isn't the Arnold comparison just too obvious?

Strange March 4, 2008 4:31 pm (Pacific time)

She was voted out for being physically fit and in lingerie? Makes you wonder if it was the women in the town that voted her out, because the vote was split almost 50/50. You see more skin on your nightly news and in school than what she displayed. Oregon, you do realize it's 2008 not 1808, right?

Larry Crittenden March 4, 2008 8:50 am (Pacific time)

Ah, the apple hasn't rolled as far from the Puritanistic tree as we would like to believe. "She did a great job as Mayor, shame about those photos"...what morons. Is dancing allowed in Arlington??

Les Lowen March 4, 2008 6:01 am (Pacific time)

Loved the video Tim! you guys are great. This woman did nothing wrong. once again, i have to ask...why does everyone have to be so %#*@anding stupid!!

gregg williams March 3, 2008 8:45 pm (Pacific time)

if she had myspace approve photo's is protected under law and it wrong to punish her,if picture were ok by myspace

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