As Jeremy Alford reported in his Jan. 19 column, mischief-makers with some allegiance to Louisiana Democrats were hoping to find a prank candidate to run against Sen. David Vitter who could capitalize on the family-values Republican's still-unspecified but self-described "very serious sin":
Operatives have been hard at work trying to find an adult film star to qualify for the race. Hopes were initially high about landing Adult Video News award winner Stormy Daniels, a Baton Rouge-area native, but, like Melancon, her prospects are dwindling. Democrats may have to settle for a stripper or, um, other sex worker. But the project is in the pipeline. "It's going to happen," one operative says. "It's getting all wired up now."
Consider it wired, as DraftStormy.com is now online:
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The Web site Politico snooped around today to find out who was responsible for all this:
The Louisiana Democratic Party has no connection to Stormy or this group that seems to be promoting her without her involvement. On the site is a disclaimer: This website is not authorized by Stormy Daniels or Wicked Pictures.
The Louisiana Democratic Party is not affiliated with the Draft Stormy initiative that movement is a nonpartisan, grass-roots effort, Scott Jordan, spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party [ed. note: and former editor at The Gambit], told us. He added: If their recruitment effort works, it will surely be interesting, for example, to hear David Vitter explain his vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to Stormy Daniels.
Of course, it would probably be just as interesting for Louisiana Democrats to explain to their constituents why they're putting up the star of Camp Cuddly Pines Powertool Massacre against Vitter, who remains popular among evangelicals.* As Alford summed it up:
The sideshow candidate will make it all the more difficult for Vitter to avoid questions about his infidelity. Or she could trivialize the affair and inadvertently help Vitter.
*David Vitter's office didn't bother calling back Politico, and we didn't even try.