A campaign is growing in an attempt to thrust (get it?) adult video star Stormy Daniels into the race to challenge Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter in 2010.
Vitter, a conservative member of the GOP, was linked to the DC Madam when his name and number were found in her phone records. The woman later allegedly committed suicide and it's rumored that the scandal may have led to CIA Director Porter Goss's resignation.
Vitter also allegedly visited a New Orleans brothel several times beginning in the mid-1990s, paying $300 per hour for services at the bordello after he met the madam at a fishing rodeo that included prostitutes and other politicians, according to Jeanette Maier, the "Canal Street Madam" whose operation was shut down by a federal investigators in 2001.
(The most disturbing part of that paragraph is that there are such things as "fishing rodeos" in the world!)
And apparently because all these deviants stick together, in July 2008 Vitter joined convicted bathroom-stall sex solicitor Sen. Larry Craig in co-sponsoring the anti-gay-marriage Marriage Protection Amendment, then addressed a massive antiabortion rally on the National Mall three days after Barack Obama's inauguration. Vitter was also the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's lone vote against sending Hillary Clinton's secretary of State nomination to the Senate floor.
In an interview, Ms. Daniels declared her intention to make his contradictory behavior the centerpiece of her campaign.
"Originally the focus wasn't even about making me as a candidate," Daniels said. "I think it was about bringing attention to the Senate race in general and then the response was overwhelmingly positive and, you know, I think everyone is just running with it."A website called "Draft Stormy" has been created to publicize the candidate's potential run.
So far Stormy hasn't made it clear under which party's banner she'll run. I'm thinking that she should register GOP and force a primary against Vitter. That will have the effect of maximizing the publicity, as opposed to filing as an independent and making a run in the November election, which will likely get lost in the shuffle. I don't know how Louisiana rules work, but here in Connecticut you need to gather 15% of the delegate's votes at the state convention, or a percentage of signatures from party registered voters.
Think how much fun it would be to watch Vitter have to debate a porn star, who already has shown she's not afraid to call out Vitter on his preference for call girls. Who knows what will happen when Stormy addresses Vitter's alleged diaper-fetishist proclivities? Will she ask if the senator used a condom?
In related news, former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer mused over Vitter's alleged brothel past. "Only $300 an hour?" Spitzer exclaimed, "Yeesh! Those gals must have been some skanked-out hose beasts! You only get real quality when you spend thousands! Let me give that fellow a couple phone numbers."
Sen. Vitter remains unavailable for comment.
(the factual portions of this story were lifted from The Raw Story)