going negative in the champagne room

“I was never accused of having done anything wrong, but rather I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”—Paul Davis

“What’s the difference between a hooker and a politician? There’s some things a hooker just won’t do.”—an old joke I first heard from a lobbyist

Regardless of your opinion on reproductive justice, single-payer health care, or self-employment taxes, there’s someone running for office who will reflect that position. No viable candidate, however, supports sex worker rights. When it comes to the sex industy, a candidate need only be sex worker-adjacent to be subject to a vicious attack, no matter his party. Sex workers truly have no friends in major party politics in the United States (sure, Libertarians, in theory, but once they decide to run as Republicans they tend to neatly pull back on select issues of personal choice). This election year’s sex work-adjacent scandals are pathetically unimportant and an indication of campaigns that are desperate for distractions. One deals with a 15-year-old raid on a strip club; the other with a state-run jobs website that “accidentally” listed some adult-industry jobs. One’s a Republican attacking a Democrat; the other’s a Democrat attacking a Republican. [READ MORE]

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As another long-term governor would say, it would seem to require a dead girl or a live boy to stop lucky Rick Perry from being elected. But one passionate Ron Paul supporter, Robert Morrow, wants so badly to find live girls who’ve slept with Perry that he placed this ad (pictured at the left in the dressing room of an actual Austin strip club) in the Austin Chronicle last week.
Morrow wrote a virulent screed detailing what he considers to be Perry’s biggest transgressions under the amazing headline “Tea Party Fraud Rick Perry is Political Herpes.” He unashamedly sources his claims to his own strip club conversations. By the way, good for you, Robert, for not being ashamed to be out as a strip club patron. [READ MORE]

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Remember the worst, most offensive political ad ever made? We talked about it last month, and it seems to have helped catapult Janice Hahn right into office. Alexandra Petri’s take on why that might have been suggests (quite sensibly) that most of the eyeballs on web ads belong to young liberals: [READ MORE]

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Are California Republicans around just to make us appreciate how classy Philadelphia Republican strip club-themed ads are? Maybe! This little piece of work must be a parody, because there’s no way something like this gets taken seriously for a second. They’ve edited the face of LA city council member/congressional candidate Janice Hahn onto the body of a stripper surrounded by Black men who are holding guns and singing “Give me your cash, bitch/So we can shoot up the street/Give me your cash, bitch/So we can buy some more heat.” This is apparently based on her support for a Scared Straight-style program that worked with former gang members.
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“I knew I was going to go negative. I had to. And part of it is because of that so-called poll. That was one of the primary reasons I had do this”

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