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Lessig for Congress?

The Feb. 11 death of U.S. Rep. Thomas Lantos (D-CA) means parts of Silicon Valley and San Francisco will be holding a special election April 8 to fill his seat. Within the blogosphere, one potential candidate has emerged as the front-runner: Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig. Lessig has not formally declared an intent to run, but that hasn't stopped a slew of supporters from launching the Draft Lessig campaign, complete with its own wiki and Facebook group.

According to Ars Technica, the campaign started with a rumor posted on the blog Daily Kos that Lessig planned to run for Lantos' seat. That report spurred John Palfrey, Harvard law professor and executive director of The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, to launch the draft Lessig group on Facebook. Within 24 hours, Ars Technica says, the group had 1,000 members, and it is now past 2,200 members. "It’s high time we had our first true Free Culture candidate for public office," Palfrey wrote on his blog. "Who better than the movement’s founder and hero? I have no reason to believe he’d actually do it, but I think we should send a message to Lawrence Lessig that we’ve got his back if he were to run."

Supporters of the campaign include Denise Howell, Jonathan Zittrain and Dave Winer. Already there are lessig 4 congress t-shirts and badges for supporters' Web sites. All the campaign needs now is an official candidate.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 19, 2008 at 11:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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