Potential Vitter foe visits BR

May 6, 2009

By Michelle Millhollon
Baton Rouge Advocate

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Joe Nadenicek was ready to write a check to porn star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday to encourage her to run for the U.S. Senate.

Never mind that Nadenicek is a South Dakota resident just passing through town on a motorcycle trip.

“That’s kind of the trifecta,” he said. “I wanted to see Stormy, I wanted to see New Orleans, Baton Rouge.”

Daniels, a 30-year-old Baton Rouge native, was in town for a “listening tour” in connection with efforts to persuade her to run against U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., next year.

Her appearance at the Roux House on Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge drew a few fans, curious onlookers and the media in droves, turning the event into a news conference.

Daniels, who will be in New Orleans today, talked about Iraq, taxes and her efforts to safeguard the Internet for children.

She said she is undecided on whether she will run for office.

“This is not the campaign,” Daniels said. “This is the listening tour to decide whether I campaign.”

She said she was annoyed at first by the Internet-based “Draft Stormy” campaign that is largely the effort of a New Orleans college student. She said she did not like her name being used.

Daniels said she later decided that a listening tour would be the responsible first step toward possibly seeking public office.

She said her contract with the porn studio Wicked Pictures is drawing to a close. She said she is only obligated to appear on camera for the rest of the year and that, at age 30, she is becoming old for a porn star.

Daniels said entering the adult entertainment business carries a lot of responsibility.

She said she is passionate about protecting children from risqué sites on the Internet and about encouraging families to install parental software.

In response to questions from the audience, Daniels said she is in favor of eliminating the income tax in favor of higher sales taxes.

The nation’s tax structure punishes success, she said.

Daniels said she grew up in a poor neighborhood, where her family struggled to pay bills.

“Sometimes we had electricity. Sometimes we didn’t,” she said.

Daniels warned anyone searching for more information on her to surf the Internet with caution.

She said it would be a good idea to wait until getting home to put her name in a search engine.

Roland Sheehan, of Baton Rouge, listened to Daniels while eating a plateful of spaghetti.

He said he frequents the lunch spot about once a week.

“I came to eat and listen to her speak,” he said.

Sheehan said he prefers Daniels to Vitter because she is honest about what she does.

He said he does not like Vitter’s morals, referring to the senator’s name being found on a Washington prostitution ring’s client list.

Liz Dunn also is unhappy with Vitter. She and a group of friends came to listen to Daniels.

“We disapprove of David Vitter, so by default we approve of this,” she said.

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