August 26th, 2010
09:04 AM ET
8 years ago

Mayoral candidate pops the question during debate

 Mayoral candidate Chris Young had an unlikely closing statement Tuesday.

Mayoral candidate Chris Young had an unlikely closing statement Tuesday.

(CNN) – While an underdog mayoral candidate in Providence, Rhode Island likely isn't headed to City Hall any time soon, he appears destined for the marriage altar after popping the question to his girlfriend during a televised debate Tuesday night.

"Now is the time for start anew and thank those who have helped me throughout my life and love those who have helped me throughout my life. So I wanted to say to Kara, will you please marry me?" said Chris Young, a quixotic candidate who has unsuccessfully sought many offices in the state and is better known for his outlandish antics then his stances on the issues.

Kara Russo, Young's girlfriend, campaign manager, and a candidate herself for Rhode Island attorney general, said yes. After the debate, Young presented Russo with a ring.

But there's one caveat: CNN affiliate WPRI reports Young added off camera the marriage would only occur if he won the mayoral race – a highly unlikely prospect.

Still, it remains unclear if the proposal was merely a stunt. Young had already been referring to Russo as his fiancé and has boasted of plans to hold a wedding in downtown Providence when he becomes mayor, according to WPRI.

Young caused a stir earlier this week when, in an appearance on a political talk show, he avoided answering questions about his positions to instead serenade the interviewer with a song he claims to have written. A YouTube video of the occurrence has since garnered more close to 60,000 views.

Young also disrupted a debate in late July when he refused to set aside a statue of the Virgin Mary. Providence radio station WPRO reported Providence police finally removed Young from the event as a result. The station also reports Young was removed from a debate several years ago after he flipped a table.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Deb

    If he's serious, it's sweet and original.

    If he's doing this as a publicity stunt, then he's a tool and does not deserve the nomination or the girl.

    August 26, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Snoop

    Umm.. awww, how sweet? Or something like that? I didnt know crazy people could get married.

    August 26, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Ferret out the BS

    Nice touch!

    August 26, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. johnsonj3

    Who cares wns why is this news?

    August 26, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This guy is a jerk.

    August 26, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. No Incumbents

    A lame publicity stunt by 2 gadfly candidates to denigrate both the institution of marriage and their campaigns by mixing the two.

    August 26, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Tayo

    This is a crazy scenario!

    But, at least he is likely to get something out of this, a marraige, I hope.

    Again, that is if it's not a public stunt, just like before!

    August 26, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Bryan

    ...better known for his outlandish antics THAN his stances on the issues.

    August 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. steve

    huh. Unprofessional much. Doesn't seem to take the political arena that seriously.

    August 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Romance in America there's some things that should never change .

    August 26, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Al

    Bring back BUDDY!

    August 26, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. jeff jackson, alabama

    The way things are going in this country,
    it's a relief that he ask a WOMAN to marry
    him. What a nice gesture. I hope he does well
    and gets the hell out of American politics.
    Seems like a normal guy.

    August 26, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Phil in KC

    All I can say is you'd better be darn sure of the answer before you ask that question in such a public forum and put a young woman on the spot.

    August 26, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Lori in St Pete

    Always a risky move to propose so publically as it puts the proposee on the spot. What if she had said "no"? Anypoop, congratulations to the happy couple!

    August 26, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |