Stormy Daniels says Senate Race “Not Out of the Question”

February 13, 2009

By Matt Williams

BATON ROUGE, La – The next U.S. Senate race isn’t until 2010, but already names are surfacing as to who will challenge Republican David Vitter in his re-election bid.

One name that is creating a lot of buzz is adult film actress and Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels. According to an unscientific online poll by the Baton Rouge Business Report, Daniels comes in second to Vitter with 31 percent of the vote. Vitter had 40 percent. Twenty-nine percent of the 2,200 people who took the survey said they would vote for Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard, a democrat.

“I’m surprised by the momentum,” Daniels said during a phone interview from St. Petersburg, FL. “I ignored the whole thing for about two weeks because I just didn’t want anything to do with it.”

Daniels is talking about the website The site was started by a University of New Orleans political science student. The site has attracted thousands of visitors and created headlines on CNN and even surfaced in Jay Leno’s monologue earlier this week.

Daniels, a Scotlandville Magnet High School graduate, says she’s serious about running against Vitter. But the actress says she wants to talk to voters first.

“Right now my only intention is to draw attention to the race and some causes that I feel strongly about. But it’s not out of the question. I’m not going to make that decision until after the listening tour.”

There’s been no word on when the listening tour will take place. Daniels says she has reached out to Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt to help out with the campaign. She says she approached him about being her campaign manager, but hasn’t heard back from him yet.

Senator Vitter gained infamy when his name showed up in the little black book belonging to the so-called “D.C. Madam.” That list was leaked by Flynt.

A spokesman for the state GOP says “voters here are concerned with real issues that affect their everyday lives, and not with political or publicity stunts.”

Daniels says politics can’t be any dirtier of a job than the one she’s already in.

“My whole life no one has taken me seriously until it was way too late for them,” Daniels says.


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