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Congressional candidate defends removal of 'irrelevant' spiritual blogs

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.

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