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January 07, 2008

Carmen Kontur-Gronquist

Carmen Kontur-Gronquist's managed to get herself into a little bit of political trouble here. Kontur-Gronquist's crime though is pretty mild by most standards. She hasn't invaded anywhere, hasn't had political opponents murdered, hasn't accepted any donations from any dodgy operatives of special interests.

No, her crime was rather, several years back, before she was elected mayor, to have posed on one of the town fire engines while dressed in nothing but a black bra and panty set.

Carmen Kontur Gronquist, picture left, is the Mayor of Arlington, a city in Gilliam County, Oregon. She is now in hot waters, because of her racy  MySpace lingerie photos:     Arlington Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist is a hot topic around town of late. Some of Kontur-Gronquist's constituents say she was out of line when she posed in a black bra and panties on one of the town fire engines and posted the photos on her MySpace page.     One close-up shot shows the mayor in the door of the fire truck, one hand on the steering wheel. The vehicle's light bar is visible just to the right of Kontur-Gronquist's blond hair. The mayor has blocked her MySpace page to all but friends, though at one time, it was open to all MySpace users.

If this is the rather pathetic level of political scandal in Eastern Oregon then it might be that they have too little to worry about, not too much. Arlington's not exactly a big place.

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 524 people, 223 households, and 144 families residing in the city. The population density was 295.2 people per square mile (113.7/km²). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 156.0/sq mi (60.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.42% White, 1.72% Native American, 1.72% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population. There were 223 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

So Carmen Kontur-Gronquist's mayorality or not isn't the biggest political question the country faces, that's for sure.

Kontur-Gronquist's MySpace page is blocked to all but her friends, but the pictures were at one time available to all users. In an interview with the (Pendleton) East Oregonian, the mayor said she did nothing wrong and those who are offended need to get over it.

"That's my personal life," she said. "It has nothing to do with my mayor's position."

Kontur-Gronquist, who is also the fire department's executive secretary, said the photos were taken before she was elected mayor three years ago, and she saw no reason to remove them from the Internet after taking office.

"I'm not going to change who I am," she said. "There's a lot of officials that have a personal life, and you have people in this community who have nothing better to do than scrape up stuff like this."

Lorena Woods is one of those residents who say the photos of a scantily clad mayor reflect badly on Arlington.

"It's a picture of her in bra and panties on a rural protection fire truck in a rural protection fire hall," Woods said. "This isn't the way we want our city to be portrayed."

Councilman Jeff Bufton said he's heard a lot of negative comments about the pictures, but declined to say whether the council plans to address the topic.

My suggestion to you Jeff is that you make out that this really is a big problem. Have an investigation into it: especially, get a set of the photos and have a really deep and meaningful investigation. It'll at least keep you out of trouble and who knows, you might actually enjoy it.

Here's the way the wires reported it:

And here's the TV reports:

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I went to school in Arlington and know most of the people there. The truth is Mayor Gronquist brought the budget back in line after the previous administration got the city caught up in owning a golf course.

So the new mayor fired a couple of folks, made a few decisions that needed to be made.

Then, in typical small town fashion, someone dug up some myspace photos from BEFORE her mayorship. Not even all that big a deal.

Arlington's had former drug abusers, former drug dealers, alcoholics, adulterers etc. as its mayor. No one dug up their past.

Small town idiocy at its finest.

Posted by: JimmyR | Jan 8, 2008 3:55:16 AM

anyone know her myspace address?

Posted by: CJ | Jan 8, 2008 10:02:51 PM

I don't see why people are so uptight about cheesecake photos, after all no one with basic Common sense got so upset about Bud Clark when he "Exposed himself to art"

Posted by: Alan B | Jan 9, 2008 1:58:56 AM

OK...I've seen the picture, and it's really not that bad. Now if she was nude and spreadeagled or whatever, then yeah I could see how that would be a problem. This is just a pic of her in her bra and panties, no big deal. We see more revealing stuff than this in public all the time.

Posted by: 69105 | Jan 9, 2008 5:35:03 PM

This is a non-issue. The local yokels need to get a life. She has done less than nothing wrong. You guys are lucky to have her, someone with a little spunk, a little life. 12 year old girls dress more provocatively than this. What a bunch of corn-pone hicks!

Marshall Thompson
writer.producer.director.news photographer

Posted by: Uncle Marsh | Jan 10, 2008 5:30:09 PM

President Clinton had some oral fun while in office. And he was still president after the fact. Come on, and now the Arlington community is whining over this? They need some cheese.

Posted by: Jim | Jan 11, 2008 2:57:47 AM

... a small message from the Netherlands: it's pathetic to invest so much time in nothing ... hereby an invite to all the inhabitants of Arlington: visit Amsterdam and you will find out that even mayors in bra's and panties can do their jobs fine ...

cheers and enjoy your weekend.

Peter - Amsterdam - Holland

Posted by: Peter Mastenbroek | Jan 11, 2008 4:41:32 PM

... a small message from the Netherlands: it's pathetic to invest so much time in nothing ... hereby an invite to all the inhabitants of Arlington: visit Amsterdam and you will find out that even mayors in bra's and panties can do their jobs fine ...

cheers and enjoy your weekend.

Peter - Amsterdam - Holland

Posted by: Peter Mastenbroek | Jan 11, 2008 4:41:41 PM

She got me interested in politics again!!

Posted by: Pete Chpounder | Jan 12, 2008 12:25:28 PM

All politicians are scumbags. Its a game they play. Let them destroy each others careers. Its time for a new system get them all out.

Posted by: peter potamus | Jan 14, 2008 12:20:44 PM

I realy don't think this is a problem since she did this befor she was mayer and she is a realy good looking women i think that is the problem not the pictures!

Posted by: Todd Richards | Jan 19, 2008 3:35:49 AM

You people need to get a life what she did is not wrong it's freedom and you are jealous because your body don't look like that and besides look at what she has done she works hard so back off

Posted by: AmericanSoldier | Jan 19, 2008 6:15:52 PM

Shes got my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hank | Jan 19, 2008 8:29:33 PM

Geeez!! The woman on the phone in oe interview, and the prissy old conservative hag in the TV interview, are both prudes that need to get a life!! I bet they'd vote Huckabee or Bush!!! Have either of them seen their daughters or their friend's dress lately, or the videos that they like to watch on BET or MTV!! They must get a life. This is a non-issue, it is after all her personal life and her performance at her job is what pertinent. Get a life, and go live in Afghanistan, you old hag!!

Posted by: Sri | Jan 19, 2008 8:45:12 PM

Hank hit it right on the head well said my friend cheers!!!

Posted by: J.J. | Jan 19, 2008 8:51:01 PM

removing the tree, took and saw well my misguided I even

Posted by: ibmbag | Jan 22, 2008 11:12:46 PM

Carmen: If you ever have a chance to read this comment.....YOU did nothing wrong!!!However you are doing something wrong if you don't stay in office for the rest of this term and hopefully a few more after that. Maybe by then you MIGHT and I say MIGHT,have been able to teach [ by way of example ],SOME of the narrow minded people that you work so hard for, how to be kind, non-judgemental PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS. GRANT WILLIAMS you should be ashamed of yourself and I don't think anyone has to point out why. MAYOR CARMEN: YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

Posted by: jules | Jan 23, 2008 2:14:59 AM

Her photos are not out of line. Her "bra" is less revealing than most swimsuit tops. If her top were classified as a "swimsuit" top, there would be less controversy. Also, If she were not fit and beautiful, there would likely be no controversy. This story simply makes the residents of Arlington appear jealous and vindictive. I can just visualize an uneducated porker giving her hubby an earful over this...

Posted by: mike | Jan 31, 2008 8:29:47 PM

I think she looks great. I'd do her.

Posted by: Pierre | Jan 31, 2008 10:03:02 PM

She's totally hot and obviously wants everyone to check out her cups! She's got my Vote too!

Posted by: Louie | Feb 11, 2008 10:22:47 PM

From what I am reading the citizens are ashamed to see people in underwear - it is irrelevent to what she is doing in office for the people. Maybe all those who masturbate should not be in any public office either - that would make just about 100% ineligible for office. Those people who want her out are nothing but hypocrits - I am sure they do it too and have photos (may not be public for now) but they're making a big stink out of this. People - Wake the hell up and see what folks do the city - not what they do in their personal time - at least she's not a child molester like most of the Catholic and other religions allow - maybe we should ban Catholicism too since they hide they child pedophiles.

To the man on the interview - I hope your wife dresses in unflattering underwear - maybe you're jealous that your wife isn't nearly as attractive as your mayor is.

Posted by: Mike | Feb 27, 2008 12:35:22 PM

From what I am reading the citizens are ashamed to see people in underwear - it is irrelevent to what she is doing in office for the people. Maybe all those who masturbate should not be in any public office either - that would make just about 100% ineligible for office. Those people who want her out are nothing but hypocrits - I am sure they do it too and have photos (may not be public for now) but they're making a big stink out of this. People - Wake the hell up and see what folks do the city - not what they do in their personal time - at least she's not a child molester like most of the Catholic and other religions allow - maybe we should ban Catholicism too since they hide they child pedophiles.

To the man on the interview - I hope your wife dresses in unflattering underwear - maybe you're jealous that your wife isn't nearly as attractive as your mayor is.

Posted by: Mike | Feb 27, 2008 12:36:00 PM

Didn't Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp) used to pose in less cloth than what she had on BEFORE he was elected. Why is it ok for a man but not for a woman to have a picture taken of the human body?

HYPOCRITES..in Oregon.

BTW Carmen you look HOTT!

[I think they are jealous!]

Posted by: Wood | Feb 27, 2008 3:10:05 PM

I noticed that the now former mayor is selling the picture on eBay. Good for her! And she is attractive and is in good shape. She might have a future doing fitness videos or promoting fire engines!

Posted by: Tony Papajohn | Feb 27, 2008 7:48:07 PM

The mayor looks like she could take out any of her critics if she wanted to but seems to have a better disposition and more professionalism than those who are getting bent out of shape. Maybe her critics should spend more time at the gym.

Posted by: wish I looked that good | Feb 28, 2008 4:32:06 AM