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Santorum Thinks Google Should Un-Savage His Name

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 21 2011

Here's another good one from Politico — Republican presidential candidate and Google-bombing victim Rick Santorum actually contacted Google to try and undo the damage to his search results that sex columnist Dan Savage hath wrought:

He continued: “To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can't handle but I suspect that's not true.”

Santorum has acknowledged his widely covered “Google problem” in the past, but his contact with the company is a newer development.

UPDATE: A Google spokesperson responded to Santorum by advising that users who want "content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly."

The backstory: Long ago, in the time before the 2012 presidential race, Dan Savage asked supporters to redefine "Santorum" to mean something really quite raunchy. This was in response to comments Santorum made about homosexuality and sex between two men. Over time, this effort — and the new "definition" of Santorum — became more popular on the Internet than Santorum himself, and returned higher in pages of Google search results. Since then, this "Google problem" has become a persistent snicker-worthy aside any time Santorum returns to the public center stage.

Both Santorum and Google gave longer remarks, all of which are over at Politico.

Savage has been a thorn in Santorum's side since the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania entered the presidential race, and it has Santorum frothing at the mouth.

This post has been updated with the backstory on Santorum and Savage.