Porn star Stormy Daniels to stand for US Senate

Stormy Daniels

The actress will stand against Republican David Vitter who has been embroiled in sleaze allegations

BY Danielle Dsane LAST UPDATED AT 18:06 ON Fri 8 May 2009

Following in the footsteps of Italian porn star-turned-parliamentarian Cicciolina, an American actress called Stormy Daniels has set her sights on a Senate seat in the 2010 mid-term elections.

She plans to take on David Vitter, the Republican Senator whose family values stance was undermined by a 2007 prostitution scandal, under the banner of 'Stormy Daniels: Screwing People Honestly'.

Daniels started out as a stripper before getting her break - and the coveted award of Best New Starlet 2004 from Adult Video News - in the porn industry.

The star of over 100 films, including Operation: Desert Stormy, Trailer Trash Nurses 6, Ron Jeremy on the Loose: Atlantic City, Tit Happens, and recently more mainstream titles such as The 40-year-old Virgin and Knocked Up, she has also worked as a director and written for FHM. It was after a light-hearted internet petition, 'Draft Stormy', that she became interested in politics.

Since then, the 30-year-old has embarked on a self-financed 'listening campaign' in her hometown, and traditionally Republican, state of Louisiana. Her political stances include a quicker withdrawal from Iraq, the replacement of federal income tax with a national sales tax, and tougher measures against child pornography on the internet.

But essentially, she's campaigning against Vitter and his indiscretions. "He ran for the Senate on a family values, anti-sex education platform," she told the Times. "And he's caught with prostitutes. That's hypocritical. Call me what you will, but you can't call me a hypocrite."

Vitter found himself in trouble after his phone number was found on the records of Deborah Palfrey, the 'D.C. Madam' who was found to have supplied escorts to the great and good of Washington. Facing time in prison, Palfrey later hung herself. Vitter - staunchly pro-life and anti-gay marriage - has yet to discuss the details of the scandal, and has raised considerable funds for his campaign to retain his Senate seat.

Daniels isn't the first American porn star to enter politics. As a publicity stunt, Mary Carey competed against Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor of California in 2003. Despite the failure of her policies - one of which promised to make lap dances tax deductible - to convince the electorate, she still plans to run for the presidency when she's over the age limit of 35 in 2016. · 

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