It was almost a year ago when Baton Rouge-born porn star Stormy Daniels announced she was "exploring" the notion of running for Congress against Sen. David Vitter this November. Since then, Congressman Charlie Melancon has entered the race, but Daniels has teased and teased, making public appearances (clothed and unclothed), but offering nothing ... firm as to her decision.
Last week, Daniels -- whose grasp of the publicity pole is unmatched -- issued a statement saying she was switching her political allegiance from Independent to Republican, and offering a unique reason for doing so:
After months of careful deliberation and consult as to the true nature of my political affiliation I am ready today to declare that should I seek the office of US Senator from the great state of Louisiana that I will do so as a Republican.
While this decision has not been an easy one, recent events regarding Republican National Committee fundraising at Voyeur, an LA based lesbian bondage themed nightclub, finally tipped the scales.
As I have said for well over a year, it is time that our government and our tax policy begin rewarding entrepreneurship and creativity again. It is time again to inspire positive risks and out-of-the-box thinking in the interest of growing a strong economy and a strong America.
For me, this spirit can be summed up in the RNCs investment of donor funds at Voyeur.
As someone who has worked extensively in both the club and film side of the Adult Entertainment Industry, I know from experience that a mere $1900 outlay at a club with the reputation of Voyeur is a clear indication of a frugal investment with a keen eye toward maximum return.
Naturally, all this tongue-in-cheek drollery isn't sitting well with the National Republican Senatorial Committee:
Its been clear for months, and evidence bears it out, that this is nothing but a shameless PR stunt engineered by Democrat Party operatives with connections to the Melancon campaign," said NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh. He added, "Charlie Melancon and his campaign operatives owe voters in Louisiana an apology, as do media outlets like The Associated Press who have given ink to this nonsense at a time when there are so many important issues facing the state of Louisiana and our country.
Or is there another motive? Daniels' campaign site (www.draftstormy.com) hasn't been updated since May 2009. However, Daniels now has an announcement up at another address: "Great News my sites is [sic] being totally revamped."
Like a typical campaign site, Daniels' new site will be taking donations; unlike a typical campaign site, it includes a photo of the candidate topless and wearing a leather skirt, and promises to offer even more titillating images and nocturnal admissions ... all for a monthly fee.
The date of the relaunch? "April 2010." Given the date of her senatorial announcement -- April 15 -- surely the timing behind this new Web site is just a coincidence.