By GUY KOVNER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Stacey Lawson, a San Rafael businesswoman and Democratic candidate for Congress, was an active blogger on The Huffington Post website for about two years.
Her blogs, posted about once a week in 2007 and 2008, were devoted to her deeply personal experiences from childhood in Washington state to her meeting an Indian guru in 2004 and her subsequent spiritual journey.
But now, with Lawson running for public office for the first time, the writings have been deleted from The Huffington Post, prompting criticism from some opponents that she is scrubbing away parts of her background.
The blogs, steeped in metaphysical discourse, relate to a part of Lawson’s persona that her political campaign does not mention.
Links to some of Lawson’s old blogs lead to an editor’s note that says, “This post has been removed at the request of the blogger.”
They writings are, however, accessible to anyone savvy in retrieving online material.
Lawson acknowledged removing the blogs, which she considered “irrelevant” to her candidacy.
“I’m not trying to hide anything,” she said Thursday, noting that she has “a deep and rich personal life.”
Lawson, 41, who has a master’s degree from Harvard Business School, blogged about truth, joy and consciousness, rather than business marketing plans or political positions.
“Truth be told, I fancy myself a modern day mystic, someone weaving together these worlds of the mundane and the magical,” she blogged on Sept. 17, 2007.
Subsequent blogs were titled “Listening to the Voice Within,” “Who are you, Really?” and “The Inmate Running Your Asylum: Ego.”
In a Sept. 24, 2007 blog, Lawson wrote: “In fact, from a very young age, I knew I was God.” She said it was “a simple knowing,” a sense that “something much greater than me was directing this life.”
Lawson, one of 12 candidates in the race for an open North Coast congressional seat that represents part of Sonoma County, has said she made an “evolutionary path” from entrepreneur to politician.
Susan Adams, a Marin County supervisor competing for the congressional seat, questioned why Lawson removed her blogs.
“Why would you take that down? Why would you try to hide what you were standing behind before?”
Norman Solomon, another Marin-based candidate, said he has read some of Lawson’s blogs and is a longtime Huffington Post blogger himself.
“I have never dreamed of trying to have anything I wrote removed from the site,” Solomon said.
Tom Higgins, Solomon’s political consultant, said the website scrubbing was pointless. “What was she (Lawson) thinking? This stuff doesn’t go away.”
Lawson’s campaign for the most sought-after political post on the North Coast is rooted in economics: revitalizing local manufacturing and “rebuilding our middle class.”
Lawson, who announced her candidacy last August, made a splash by raising more than $450,000 in campaign cash by the end of the year, and remains in second place, with $740,797 in receipts through March 31.
Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, is the fund-raising leader with $864,567 in a primary election campaign on pace to cost a record $3 million or more.
There are now only two Lawson blogs — both posted since February — at The Huffington Post, a news website that covers politics, business, entertainment, technology and culture.
Both are about her campaign theme, with headlines relating to jobs and economical revitalization.
Her old blogs have not vanished. They can be found using an online tool called Wayback Machine, which captures and retains archived versions of web pages over time.
Lawson said she realizes the blogs are still accessible on the Internet. In launching her campaign, she said she established a website devoted to matters that are “relevant to this race.”
(Staff Writer Martin Espinoza contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)