Presidents Versus Porn Stars — Some Endorsements are More Welcome than Others

Mitt Romney (left) and Meatloaf
Mitt Romney (left) and Meatloaf
It might seem a bit early in the 2016 campaign for endorsements to make a difference, but apparently, since 1980 at least, endorsements from party elites and big donors have been the single best predictor of who a party’s eventual nominee will be, according to the New York Times.

The pace of endorsements is a bit off of what it has been in the past few elections, probably because of the number of candidates, at least on the GOP side. The Times notes that only 14 percent — or 45 of 335 — current Republican governors, senators or representatives have publicly backed a candidate. Of those who have, however, more have endorsed Jeb Bush than any other candidate.

Not so on the Democrat side, with Hillary Clinton bagging a former president (her husband), Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former governor of Vermont and candidate for Democratic nomination for president in 2004.

In addition, Clinton has been endorsed by 11 sitting and former Democratic governors, 33 current or former U.S. senators and nearly 90 U.S. representatives as well as a ton of state politicians, government operatives, musicians and actors, celebrities and businesspeople.

Jeb Bush leads Clinton in former-president endorsements — two — from close family relations. But he’s only bagged five U.S. senators, 18 U.S. representatives and a smattering of party elites.

Nonetheless, both candidates can be proud of those endorsements, coming as they do from people who carry some political gravitas. But then there are the endorsements that candidates would probably prefer to pass on — if they had their druthers.

Mitt Romney had more of those than you’d think — including Chuck Norris and Donald Trump, which he actually seemed to welcome. And who could forget Kid Rock’s Mitt endorsement or Ted Nugent’s or or Scott Baio’s or Meatloaf’s?

Of course, Barack Obama had cool black people endorsing him: Chris Rock, Oprah, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Jay Z and Beyonce. But he also had uber-white George Clooney who raised $15 million for his campaign.

Beside the wince-inducing endorsements of the likes of Clint Eastwood and his empty chair, there are some endorsers who make Meatloaf look like an A-lister.

We are talking, of course, about endorsements from people who work in the adult-entertainment, or porn, industry.

Susanna Breslin, who covers the vice beat for Forbes magazine, recently penned “Porn Stars Endorse Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Marco Rubio for President in 2016.” (Full disclosure: Breslin listed me in her 2003 book of short stories, “You’re a Bad Man, Aren’t You?” because I gave her some money toward getting published in the days before Kickstarter. You can buy a copy on Amazon for $72, if you dare.)

When it comes to vice and porn, Breslin knows of what she writes, and she’s got contacts in the industry.

Breslin notes that Hustler publisher Larry Flint endorsed Hillary Clinton back in May, though she never mentioned it. Nina Hartley, “the legendary performer, director, and self-described feminist” told Breslin she’d never vote GOP, and she’s played Hillary four times in “action” movies.

Mary Carey, who has retired from “the business” and who famously ran for governor and lieutenant governor of California, and might have higher-office aspirations, told Breslin she’s “very torn between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio,” though she’s leaning toward Rubio, who, was named one of Washington’s 50 most Beautiful people this week by The Hill.

In any event, the season for endorsing is yet young, and we’ll continue to keep an eye on the celebrated and the salacious who throw their support — desired or not — behind the candidates for president in 2016.

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