On this primary day in Texas, while we wait to see if Kay Bailey Hutchison makes it into a run-off with Gov. Rick Perry and if Bill White takes the Democratic nomination without a run-off, I found a much spicier story from New York.
Gov. David Paterson of New York came to office when Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned. Spitzer hired a prostitute and took her across state lines, a federal offense for which he was never charged.
Paterson has been a champion of LGBT rights since taking office. One of his first executive orders was to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places where it is legal. Later, he sent a marriage bill to the legislature that was defeated in the Senate.
During his first week in office, Paterson held a news conference to announce that both he and his wife have been unfaithful and had smoked pot and people can just get over it. But poll numbers and a recent scandal sunk his re-election bid.
But someone who WILL be running for governor is Kristin Davis. Not the one from “Sex in the City.” This Kristin Davis, better known as the Manhattan Madame, spent four months in prison in 2008 on charges related to running the escort service that sold Spitzer the services that got him into hot water. Davis is running on a pro-same-sex marriage, pro-marijuana, pro-prostitution platform.
So in New York, the person who uses an escort service must resign as governor while the person who owns that service can run? And will lurid pictures of the candidate win votes? Even Davis admits it’s a long shot.
Likening politics to prostitution, Davis told Fox News, “They are all doing it for money.” Oh, and she said she was providing hookers for Spitzer weekly for five years — ever since he was the state’s attorney general.
And about her platform, she claims legalizing pot and prostitution will bring $3 billion in new state revenues. Even Farouk Shami didn’t promise that much.
So if Hutchison wins tonight, will she call on her New York counterpart to help her campaign? Just saying, it might make our dull Texas race a little more interesting.