February 9th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Push to put porn star in Senate race is no racy gimmick

Will the Draft Stormy move mean stormy weather for Republican Sen. David Vitter?
Will the Draft Stormy move mean stormy weather for Republican Sen. David Vitter?

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) – Fans of porn star Stormy Daniels are drafting her to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana now held by Republican David Vitter. And it's no racy gimmick, they say.

"2010 presents the Pelican State with the opportunity to start with a clean slate - to elect a representative that we can be proud of, who will work tirelessly, and who will challenge the status quo," according to the Draft Stormy Web site. "We at the Draft Stormy campaign feel that Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels is best suited to fulfill these duties."

Vitter is famous - or infamous - for his link to the D.C. Madam, the woman who ran a prostitution ring. Elected to the Senate in 2004, he admitted to "a very serious sin in my past" in July 2007 after his phone number turned up in records of an escort service run by the late "D.C. Madam," Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

Running for re-election, Vitter says his wife has forgiven him and is banking on the same sentiment from his constituents. Will the Draft Stormy move mean stormy weather for Vitter?

The senator's office didn't return numerous calls by CNN. But the spokesman for the state GOP said voters "are concerned with real issues that affect their everyday lives, and not with political or publicity stunts."

The Draft Stormy campaign was started by New Orleans resident and Stormy fan Zack Hudson, who insists it's for real. Daniels, 29, isn't affiliated with a party but is embracing the idea of a possible candidacy.

She says she's planning a listening tour around Louisiana to talk about a range of matters, including the economy - which along with women in business and protection of children are the three issues listed on her Web site. When told Vitter can be a tough opponent, she said she's "always up for a good fight."

"I think anyone that knows me ... is more than aware of that," Daniels said. "Politics can't be any dirtier of a job than the one I am already in."

Daniels has been "breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings her entire life," serving as editor of her high school newspaper and president of her school's 4-H club and eventually transferring "her determination and talents to the professional level, becoming a featured performer in the adult entertainment industry," according to a capsule bio on the Draft Stormy Web site.

Another stride was "signing an exclusive contract with the video production company Wicked Pictures, a company committed to a health and safety first policy, as pertaining to its video performances. Stormy's decision to sign with Wicked highlighted her commitment to sending a positive message to young people of the importance of practicing safe sex," the bio said.

Daniels has directed films for the company, won awards for writing, directing and acting, and has appeared in mainstream films, such as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

"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. Then, the response was overwhelmingly positive. And I think everyone is just running with it."

While her political aspirations may be a light diversion for voters, reality will set in if Daniels tangles with Vitter. Clancy DuBos, political director of the New Orleans alternative newspaper Gambit, says Vitter is brilliant. And he has a war chest too, the mainstream kind worth $2 million.

He says if this is meant to remind voters of Vitter's D.C. Madam link, the move could backfire.

"You are going to need someone better than a porn star, or a lap dancer, or a sex work to nail David Vitter on this," DuBos said. "... You need a serious opponent who is himself, or herself, not guilty of something like that to say, 'Let's talk about family values, shall we?'"

The Draft Stormy movement says the woman's "real world experience and special understanding of the economic hardships facing Louisianans and Americans make her uniquely qualified to take on the tough challenges we face.

Our grass-roots movement spans the political spectrum and champions Stormy's philosophy of personal responsibility and the promotion of individual enterprise. We eschew partisanship and labels, instead judging our leaders on their integrity, character and effectiveness."

–CNN's Sean Callebs contributed to this report


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  1. danielle

    A porn star in Senate? Well I do not think she should consider running. She is known for her popularity in the adult films industry. With that in mind, that kind of gives the United State senate a bad name. She should start being a being part of foundations, and uphold her name. Just gain respect. So instead of people saying I love that film with you were in with that other girl, and say that new foundation is really admired and what a great idea. Everyone has a background good or bad, but you need to make sure that is a respectable one to be a part of the government. By no means is her career as a porn star anything bad, she choose it. Although America does not think that is a suitable career, especially going into Senate. But being in the public eye constantly my might not be a good background for her. And, if having a bad name people should try to create a better one from other people, and themselves. Well that’s if you want to be a part of Senate

    February 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Lisa Williams

    "Lib-tards?" Well, there's a neologism we can all do without.
    Anyway, the likes of Jim aside, this is a ridiculous move. I can't imagine that the Dems would run her, and the only thing this will do, if she runs as an independent, is give people who don't normally vote something to do, something they can tell their friends about after the bars open up again on Election Day. Feh.

    February 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Nathan,

    Vitter wouldn't be able to concentrate with Stormy running against him. Wouldn't it be fitting for this low life Vitter to lose to a porn star. IT wouldn't surprise me if he had his own movies out there. He couldn't even claim the high moral ground against her. What she does is legal. What he does is against the law. At least she's up front about her life. THis clown Vitter is the hypocrit of all hypocrits and so is his wife. Isn't she the same woman who accused HIllary Clinton of setting back womanhood by not dumping BIll. Now look at her. Her husbands sleeps with prostitutes and she's stands by adoringly. I guess being a senators wife is all its cracked up to be and some.

    February 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. portle44

    The Democrats nominated a porn writer for the Senate seats in Va and Mn so I don't see this as a huge leap

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Wolfen

    I'd vote for her. At least she's not a hypocrite. As Vitter has made only a handful of good votes in his career, she's got to be better. Someone randomly flipping a coin for each vote would be better than Vitter, because his thoughtful decisions are almost uniformly wrong.

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. David

    Jeez... that's pityful...

    February 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Fred the moderate

    This is truly sad

    February 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. David J.

    Jim S.

    Rage much?

    This is an outragious campaign meant to shine more light on the outragious behaviour of Sen. Vitter.

    People who protray themselves as moral ethical people have a higher standard to uphold. If your entire public live is dedicated to combating anything and everything you consider a vice then shouldn't have a secret life of your own. He is a hypocrite of the highest order.

    February 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Mariekos

    What's the difference between the Vitter and Daniels anyway? They're both dirty. All the more power to her. You go girl. Ha.

    February 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Matthew, Detroit

    This is a great idea. She is hot. I have seen her body of work and she is excellent. Great choice for a democratic senator. Her videos are amazing.

    February 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Proud Yankee

    Stupidity. It's one thing to use a ho to make a statement, but to mix them up with political office is a dumb idea. Women like her serve only one purpose in life and public orfice is it.

    February 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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