On Tuesday, primary elections were held in Maine, Nevada, South Carolina, Virginia, and North Dakota.
In races across the country, Republican voters favored Trump-style candidates, including brothel owner Dennis Hof in Nevada who styles himself after President Donald Trump as an anti-establishment, conservative businessman-turned-politician.
Hof is the owner of six brothels in suburban Las Vegas, a former star of the HBO reality show “Cathouse,” and likely to be Nevada’s next state assemblyman from the 36th district after ousting a three-term incumbent in the GOP primary. His district is considered a safe Republican seat.
Hof, the author of a book called “The Art of the Pimp,” credits Trump with inspiring him to run for office, even calling himself “The Trump from Parhump.”
“He’s the Christopher Columbus of politics in my mind. All I’m doing is following him to the new world,” Hof said about Trump in a Wednesday interview with Rolling Stone.
Like Trump, Hof is deeply opposed to raising taxes and signed an anti-tax pledge upon running for office.
Hof also told Rolling Stone that controversial Trump ally Roger Stone served as his campaign adviser, and helped change voters’ perception of Hof from a sleazy pimp to a legitimate, successful business owner and author.
Similarly to Trump, Hof doesn’t mince words about any subject.
When asked about having crossed paths with porn star Stormy Daniels through his work, Hof responded,”First of all, all the news agencies have been showing a zillion times a clip of me and Stormy Daniels. I’m so disappointed in this worn out porn hoe, that she did this. … Her career is done.” Daniels alleges having had an affair with Trump in 2006.
If elected, he will be first brothel owner elected to statewide office. Lance Gilman, another Nevadan brothel owner, serves as a county commissioner in northern Nevada.
Hof first came into the spotlight in 2015 when former NBA star Lamar Odom went into a coma after a drug overdose at Hof’s Love Ranch brothel in Parhump following a five-day bender.
Nevada is the only state with legalized prostitution, while it is legal in only seven rural counties. This fall, voters will decide whether or not to close down brothels in at least one of the counties.