November 26th, 2007
07:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Brothel owner endorses pres. candidate

Rep. Ron Paul received an unconventional endorsement from a Nevada brothel owner.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) – It isn’t everyday that that a presidential candidate gets an endorsement from a professed pimp, but that’s exactly what has happened to Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

Dennis Hof, owner of Nevada’s (in)famous Bunny Ranch brothels and star of the HBO show ‘Cathouse’, has publicly endorsed Paul after hearing him champion states’ rights at a campaign stop. Hof told CNN, “Who knows our state better than us? Who knows anything better than the constituents that live in that state? Nobody. We know. We don’t need big brother, the federal government, telling us what to do.”

Paul, a Libertarian and devout Baptist who does not condone prostitution, is uncomfortable with the unconventional support, according to his campaign. They counter that it is “the price of freedom.” “If you’re going to have a constitutional government, you’re going to work out these kinds of issues at the local level, as the constitution intends. Then sometimes you’re going to have to put up with things that make you uncomfortable.” The campaign added that if Paul were a local Nevada lawmaker that he would vote against legalized prostitution.

Paul has found the spotlight recently after putting up some big fundraising numbers, including a $4.2 million haul in a single day in early November. Hof says he plans to add to that, “The girls are good at shaking down the customers for $1s, $5s, $10s, $50s, $100s, whatever they got.” He is waiting for instructions from the campaign on how to raise and donate the money legally.

Prostitution is legal everywhere in Nevada except for the three counties that are home to Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas.

– CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt


Filed under: Nevada • Ron Paul
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Justin Miller,Atlanta, GA

    Please explain to me why Ron Paul gets two articles about the endorsement of some random brothel owner, each with a photo... meanwhile, Barry Goldwater Jr's endorsement of Ron Paul slips by with a small paragraph and no story. Is CNN a respectable new source, or a tabloid? I am beginning to question the maturity of their reporting staff.

    November 27, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    Hey hit-piece, how's it going?

    November 27, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Joe G, Washington, DC

    Big news: Another nutcase throws his support behind Ron Paul. Birds of a feather...

    November 27, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Brent, New Haven WI

    The only poll that matters (to the stomach).

    http://www.yankeemagazine.com/cookieprimary/index.php

    November 27, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Jeff Holman, Louisville, KY

    This describes Ron Paul's canidacy as well as any story. He's as conservative as any minister, but won't force his views at the federal level. Societal issues are best decided within the community, not by sweeping federal legislation that makes all Americans live by a single standard.

    Americans will never resolve the moral differences which seperate us. We are not the homogenous society; the melting pot we are led to believe.

    A vote for Ron Paul is one for pure freedom. He is not exploiting our differences, and he'll fight for what we all value.

    How much longer can we sustain on the current course?

    November 27, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. AJ, IL

    I'm not Ron Paul supporter but CNN (the Clinton News Network is at again). Ron Paul gets support from KKK and now a Brothel owner. In CNN eyes, Ron Paul is the Larry Flint (Cali gubertorial candidiate) of the Presidential race.

    November 27, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Mike, Fox River Grove, IL

    The outrageous paid for bias of CNN continues. Ron Paul has hundreds of powerful and legitimate supporters but yet CNN picks out every nutcase out there. Well that's fine, I can appreciate a brothel owner supporting Dr. Paul. Better than having a bigoted anti-Islam candidate like Huckabee who would wage a Holy Crusade in the Middle East. Those supporters can stay with him. So how about it CNN, are you going to report the NEWS or BIASED FLUFF? Ted Turner was right, selling CNN was his biggest mistake.

    November 27, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Adam Jones Jr. K-town TN

    Ron Paul is our best chance at a future. He has the right ideas and HONESTY that this crooked regime desperately needs. Who cares about endorsements anyways? Not like they even matter. People who believe just cause some big name actor/actress etc says they are endorsing x candidate and they let that affect them are stupid. yeah sure by a brothel owner but that isnt gonna make me vote for him. Im voting Ron Paul due to his vision, honesty, integrity, respect for the constitution and bill of rights. More than any other faux candidate can say. Ron Paul is human not bought and paid for like some of the others. Down with this fascist regime. Time for a revolution. Ron Paul anyone?

    November 27, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Danny "Down Lo" K-Town TN

    Ron Paul is our best chance at a future. He has the right ideas and HONESTY that this crooked regime desperately needs. Who cares about endorsements anyways? Not like they even matter. People who believe just cause some big name actor/actress etc says they are endorsing x candidate and they let that affect them are stupid. yeah sure by a brothel owner but that isnt gonna make me vote for him. Im voting Ron Paul due to his vision, honesty, integrity, respect for the constitution and bill of rights. More than any other faux candidate can say. Ron Paul is human not bought and paid for like some of the others. Down with this fascist regime. Time for a revolution. Ron Paul anyone?

    November 27, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Maybe you need look up Libertarian beliefs – Ron Paul is that. He has 90% good ideas....and 10% crazy Libertarian ideas....you need to take him as a package deal...not a pure soundbit – Libertarians don't live in the real world....they live in places like New Hampshire

    November 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Dude, I agree with you, but posting the same thing with different names isn't going to fool anyone. We need to show the world and public that there are many people that support Paul (which there are).

    So Danny or Adam, I can dig it and I love me some Paul, but please stick to 1 post.

    I do agree that no one cares who endorses whom. People are attacking Obama for Oprahs support. That's some strange stuff. Convicted felons endorse Clinton (who I think will be in prison this time next year) so that makes sense. Chuck Norris endorses Huckabee. That makes sense, they both seem like Hill Billies to me.

    I think what we (the millions of Ron Paul supporters) need is Bruce Lee. He's the only one that can take down Chuck Norris. Perhaps Van Damme, but I think Sarkosy (sp) has him locked up.

    November 27, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Terry, El Paso, TX

    This would be a nice moment for Paul to explain the Libertarian policy on prostitution? Should prostitution be forbidden by the government when sellers and customers want to do business? Should working girls with entrepreneurial spirit be legislated out of office? Would he support a tax on prostititution if it were legalized? And what do Libertarians say about street drugs? Legalize them in the name of free enterprise? What about pornography? What about gay pornography? Legal or illegal?

    What a lot of Conservatives don't realize is that Libertarianism is not Conservatism and it is completely amoral. It's all about making money without being taxed or regulated. Taxes are always bad; governmental regulation is always bad. Making money is always good under any circumstances.

    November 27, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    Terry from El Paso,

    You are mistaken. Its not about having no regulation, but quite the opposite.

    Its about having high quality, representative regulation. Not some regulatory agency that has a monopoly on what is permissible and not.

    A market based social framework would put regulation into the hands of the consumers, and would allow for competitive regulation, which would better serve the common man.

    Having a monopoly on regulation that is controlled not by consumers but by political and anti-competitive business interests is the immoral aspect.

    November 27, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Norma Treese, Shamokin Dam, Pa

    For the first time in forty years of voting, I don't have to vote for the lesser of two evils, I can vote for someone I believe in 100%." Ron Paul for President" We have a huge Billboard in our front yard, proudly proclaiming, what Ron Paul stands for. He gets his money from American citizen, Not Corporations, I'm not thrilled about prostites, but it is a free country. I know Ron Paul as good family man with very good morals. We have a chace to set America in the right direction. We, American citizens are tired of the "Mud-Singing, Obscenely Gready Politicians." I changed from Democrat to Republician, after 40 years , just so I could vote for a "True Americian"

    November 27, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Norma Treese, Shamokin Dam, Pa

    For the first time in forty years of voting , I don't have to vote for the lesser of two evils, I can vote for someone I believe in 100%, "Ron Paul", for President. For all those years I have voted Democrate, I recently changed to Republician, just so I can vote for Ron Paul for President. I researched his campaign ideas and I could not find anything I dissagreed with him on. We have a huge billboard in our small front yard telling passers-by what "Ron Paul", for President is all about. We are just an average American family, we give what we can afford. We know how important this Presidential ellection is to us and all other Americans. We have a chance to "Get it Right" , by voting "Ron Paul" in as our next President. We are tired of ,"Business as usual politicians, who are obscenely gready, and mudd-slinging dissgraces to America and what it stands for. "Ron Paul is the only true-American, running for President.

    November 27, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. saul, austin

    I am apalled that CNN cannot see its way clear to being a part of the solution and not a part of the problem, when it comes to the perpetual muddling of the waters of public discourse.

    There are many pressing issues that are relevant to the administration of our Republic and the survival of the constitutional government on which it is based. What pimp decides to donate to which candidate is not one of them!

    Today, we have a man in the White House that has trampled the Constitution in a shameful manner that would have been difficult to imagine 8 years ago. The front-runner Democratic candidate didnt have the courage to oppose him - and even today she does not seem to know how she feels about it all. The front-runner Republican candidate clearly will profess to believe whatever he thinks will get him elected - in particular his "family values", which he would presumably bring the government to enforce in the bedrooms of America.

    In the middle of this absurdity there is one man that is speaking intelligently about issues critical to the administration of our Republic and our constitutional government; critical to the survival of a free nation and society as imagined by the nation's founders.

    CNN does not have to campaing for Ron Paul. But clearly CNN devote coverage to him only when it's cheesy. This is wrong, a betrayal of journalistic ethics and duty, and ultimately a betrayal of American people.

    Journalists have (or ought to have) a responsibility to educate the public. But of course, that would be more work and probably would not make as much money - glorified showbusiness is easier and more lucrative, alas!

    November 28, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  17. Buzz, ChillinByTheSea, California

    As a supporter of Ron Paul, I thought it might be helpful to note several things on this old story. I have lived both in Las Vegas, in Clark County, where prostitution is illegal, and, Pahrump, in Nye County where prostitution is legal. These two communities are 60 miles apart. Although Vegas is a much larger town, their prostitution problems outside the "safe" zone of Fremont street could be diminished greatly if Clark County followed Nye County's lead. I knew these folks who work the brothels, personally, when living in Pahrump, and, they are fine people with normal families and good neighbors. There is no crime, disease, or any adverse societal problems associated with Brothels in Nye County. However, the reverse is true in Clark County where it is illegal. Do the authorities actually think they can regulate sexual activity between consenting adults with any amount of effect? Why would they want to anyway–it ain't their business, is it? As I noted above, the problem with prostitution is when it is illegal, and is conducted in a back alley. However, as a Paul supporter, I don't understand why he'd vote against legalizing it, yet talk incessantly about keeping the Gummint out of our shorts. Oh, well, as the article correctly pointed out, living free of Gummint intrusion in folks personal business, may be uncomfortable at times. He may come around on the issue.

    December 27, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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