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Senator and current Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum still has a Google problem. When I say “still,” I am referring to the fact that Santorum has had this little problem for going on four years.

And apparently, he has contacted Google in an attempt to rid himself of the annoyance. That request has been denied.

First, a little background for those of you who are unfamiliar with Rick Santorum’s Google problem:

Years ago, Santorum drew the ire of popular blogger Dan Savage by making some unsavory comments regarding the gay community. During an interview where he stated the position that consenting adults have no expectation of privacy, Santorum equated homosexuality to bigamy and incest. He also made some comments relating homosexuality to bestiality, although he has maintained that the were taken out of context.

Either way, Savage and some other activists were less than pleased. They launched a Google bombing campaign to redefine the definition of the word “Santorum.” Through SEO tactics and link-trading, they were able to push a website called spreadingsantorum.com to the very top of the Google search results for “Rick Santorum.”

To this day, if you search “Rick Santorum” or just “Santorum,” the first thing that you will see is this definition:

1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.

For reasons that need be explained to nobody, Rick Santorum isn’t pleased with this. And Politico is reporting that the Senator has contacted Google in an attempt to have the site removed. According to the report, he referred to Google as a purveyor of filth and an irresponsible business –

“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” Santorum said. “If you’re a responsible business, you don’t let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country.”

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.”

A Google spokesperson has responded, saying that Google “does not remove content from out search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of out webmaster guidelines.” Basically, no dice, Senator.

In a recent Funny or Die video, Dan Savage threatens to redefine the word “Rick” if the Senator attacks gay people during his presidential campaign. The clip taps celebrities with a particular interest in keeping the name unscathed. It’s funny, and NSFW –

Santorum’s Google problem was front and center back in May when The Daily Show decided to bring it up on his birthday.

Unfortunately for Rick Santorum, his apparent request to Google has really only done one thing: Upped the searches for “Rick Santorum” on Google.

Rick Santorum Asks Google to Help with his Google Problem
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  • Kennedy Perin

    Mr. Santorum felt comfortable equating the gay community with bestiality, incest and bigamy. This is filfth, not to mention incorrect on many levels. Does he not realize this? Now he must suffer the consequences. Maybe he has no idea why he lost the last election.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

    Rick Santorum is acting like a whiny child, especially after the “Joe Biden” stuff. Just ask John Kerry how much Google helped him out with the word “waffles.”

    FFS, is this the breadth of intelligence we can expect from Washington? If so, it’s no wonder the country is falling apart…

  • Sunaryo

    That’s why they call it organic search, your against Google’s search algorithm.Last shows on first page, but not top of list.The site has google PageRank 5/10 means ‘authoritative’ for that ‘search term’, or lots of sites link to it.And with an Alexa of 148 thousand, means its getting lots of traffic.
    This article is just giving more traffic to the site.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    Online reputation management at it’s finest! Santorum has had years to try and counter the effects of Dan Savage’s campaign, yet it doesn’t seem like he did much except ask Google to fix it for him. Any site owner could tell you that’s not how SEO works.

  • http://sitesciences.com Kyle Johnson

    Seems ridiculous that he went through with fundraising and campaigning for the presidential nomination and only now realizes his name is a liability? Jeez.. You’d think a political consultant worth their would have insisted on a name change.

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