Enter the name "Sam Cahnman" into Google or, for that matter, any other search engine, and you're flooded with stories about sexual misconduct investigations from years ago. Though nothing came of said investigations, the original stories remain. Springfield's Ward 5 Alderman is still struggling with the image created, which he says overshadows his accomplishments as alderman.
"It doesn't matter about all the good stories, all the good things I've done," Cahnman told Coast to Coast host George Noory. "They're out there, but when you Google my name, they're on the second, third and fourth page if they come up at all."
Cahnman then spelled his name so Noory could conduct the search.
"You're out there," Noory told Cahnman. "You're everywhere," he said chuckling.
Cahnman appeared on Coast to Coast AM Friday morning. The world-wide syndicated program airs on WTAX from midnight to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, midnight to 5:00 a.m. on Saturdays and from 11pm (Saturday) to 5:00 a.m. Sundays.
Noory's expert guest, Lori Andrews of socialnetworkconstitution.com, told Cahnman Google will not take the articles down. But Cahnman says he's working on it.
"I think there are a number of ways to do it," Cahnman told WTAX's Alex Degman on Saturday's Weekend Newswatch, citing websites such as reputation.com. "I'm working on it, and I think we're going to be able to resolve it hopefully in the near future."
Cahnman stopped short of saying it's a priority to knock down the negative articles, saying his priority is serving his ward.
Listen to a portion of Cahnman's call to Coast to Coast here:
(posted 8:34 a.m. 02/09/2013 by Alex Degman, edited at 9:09 a.m.)