Porn star Stormy Daniels has announced that she will not run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, against Republican incumbent David Vitter.
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Daniels had been seemingly laying the groundwork for a campaign for the past year, frequently making light of Vitter's status as a family-values conservative who was embroiled in a prostitution scandal a few years ago. Last week, for example, she officially declared herself to be a Republican -- saying that the party had swayed her with the RNC's spending of $2,000 at a bondage-themed night club in West Hollywood. All in all, it looked to be a great opportunity to put forward her libertarian philosophies in a very entertaining manner, by running against Vitter in the Republican primary
But in her statement today, Daniels cited Vitter's financial war chest as a decisive reason that will not run: "The simple fact that David Vitter has $5 million in his bank account pretty much says it all. Against that shear accumulation of special interest dollars, I have no legitimate means of winning a race for the United States Senate under these circumstances. As a businesswoman, I know that better than anyone."