Daniels Forgoes Primary Challenge to Vitter
Adult film star Stormy Daniels–who for months has been considering a primary challenge to incumbent GOP Senator David Vitter of Lousiana–said today politics is just too sleazy and her expensive for her taste.
“I am not running for the US Senate because I am an adult entertainment star,” Daniels said. “I am not running for the US Senate for the same reason that so many dedicated patriots to not run–I can’t afford it.”
Capitalizing on the news that Republican fundraisers wined and dined would-be donors at a lesbian-themed bondage club, Daniels announced early April that should make a bid for Senate, she would do so as a Republican. The expenditure, over which a senior fundraising aide was fired, was a “frugal investment with a keen eye toward a maximum return,” Daniels said.
Daniels supporters created a bare-bones campaign website last May, asking that she “take the senate by Storm.” But Daniels’ Senate storm, which was from its inception a gimmicky assault on Vitter’s now-infamous prostitution scandal, fizzled before it could do any damage to the status quo.
Vitter’s campaign raised $1 million in the first quarter, and reports having a little over $5 million in cash on hand as he readies for the midterms.
That Vitter had amassed such a warchest, Daniels said, was the primary deterrent to her nascent bid. “The simple fact that David Vitter has $5 million in his back account pretty much says it all. Against the sheer accumulation of special interest dollars, I have no legitimate means of winning a race for the United States Senate under these circumstances,” Daniels statement read. “As a businesswoman, I know that better than anyone.”