Store this number as “creepy diaper guy”

From Alex Leo of the Huffington Post:

Senator David Vitter, a man who endured a public scandal after being outed for visiting prostitutes, has devoted himself to taking on ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) after the group advised an under-cover couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie about her profession and launder her earnings in order to receive housing aid.

Andy Cobb
is not amused. The satirist made a video asking Americans to call Vitter’s office to discuss his prostitution scandal and lack of punishment. Cobb wrote this on his YouTube page:

“If Senator Vitter is so outraged by the ACORN prostitution scandal, surely he doesn’t mind talking about his own. The group that Vitter and others so easily condemn provides vital services to some of the poorest people in America. ACORN is clearly imperfect, but it takes a bold man to attack their sex worker interactions when his own have gone unpunished. So as long as the self-proclaimed ‘most outspoken critic of ACORN’ is sitting in judgment of prostitute consultations, let’s benefit from his real world experience. Call up Senator Vitter’s office [(202) 224-4623], ask him all your questions vis-a-vis hooker management services. If the topic is important enough to deny services to the most under-served communities in America, it’s important enough for him to address directly.”

Politics can’t be any dirtier a job than the one I’m already in.

Stormy Daniels, a Sex Worker, is thinking about running for US Senate, in a battle against David Vitter of DC Madam fame.

Here is a little video about it:

Clancy Dubos said “You need someone better than a Sex Worker” And Stormy says “Politics can’t be any dirtier a job than the one I’m already in.”.

Clancy, come meet a sex worker or two, they are definitely good enough!

Stormy, I’ll help make phone calls to voters if you decide to really run!

Hypocrisy of Law

This is my opinion on the Spizter scandal as it has blossomed so far. I don’t pretend my opinions are shared by everyone on this site. And please understand I’m only referring to cases like Spizter’s, where’s both parties are consenting adults.

Much has been made about his hypocrisy, both in his business dealings and his history with anti-traffickers and shutting down other escort agencies. The hypocrisy of the law is something else.

Again and again, it has been clear that Spitzer won’t be charged with wrongdoing. In fact, one man felt Spitzer’s public humiliation was punishment enough.

Oh really? Is it?

Then let’s round up all the girls who worked for ECVIP, have them come forward, say they were sorry for consensually working for the agency, remove them from any public offices they hold and then let them go home. I’m sure the scarlet letter is punishment enough for them. Why does the law need to get involved?

Or let’s round up the four administrative members of ECVIP who were arrested last week for violating the Mann Act and possible money laundering. Get them in front of a microphone, let them eat humble pie and send them home. No need to get lawyers involved.

How about every sex worker and client who is arrested in sting operations in every city in America? Their names and pictures are often posted online for all to see. Certainly it’s humiliating. So why process the arrest, charge them and force them to do jail time? Is their humiliation somehow less than Spitzer’s?

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WHAT ABOUT KRISTEN? New York Sex Worker Organizations Respond to Spitzer Scandal

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Contacts
Shakti Ziller, Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK), swank@riseup.net 877-776-2004 x 2
Audacia Ray, 718.554.1714
Sarah Bleviss, Sex Workers Outreach Project NYC (SWOP-NYC), swop.nyc@gmail.com
Prostitutes of New York (PONY), pony@panix.com
Desiree Alliance, http://www.desireealliance.org/

WHAT ABOUT KRISTEN? New York Sex Worker Organizations Respond to Spitzer Scandal

New York, NY – In the last few days, Governor Eliot Spitzer has publicly admitted to being associated with an escort agency and is considering resignation. As sex worker advocates, we are concerned about the representation and fate of “Kristen” and sex workers who are being thrust into the spotlight because of the investigation into the Governor. We also share the widespread concern for Governor Spitzer’s family.

Sex worker organizations urge the press and the public to focus on the violation of sex workers rights and the need to change these laws and policies, rather than simply on the story of one individual who has purchased sexual services.

“Nobody is talking about the impact of this story on ‘Kristen’ and other women, men and trans people who are currently working in the sex industry,” Shakti Ziller of SWANK in NYC added, “Prostitutes disproportionately face punitive action after arrest as compared to clients. Whether or not she will face prison time, “Kristen” has been dragged into the spotlight and will be subjected to public humiliation. Shouldn’t the police emphasis be on catching perpetrators of violent crime and protecting sex workers – not exposing adults who are consenting to a transaction? All she did was try to make a living.”

“Governor Spitzer ran on a platform of being a different kind of politician and then portrayed an inaccurate image of himself. Being involved with the services of sex workers is a very common thing, if all forms of consensual sex work were decriminalized for adults involved in a consensual transaction, sex workers could access the services they need,” says Dylan Wolfe of SWANK (Sex Workers Action New York).

Governor Spitzer took a lead role in developing the NY State Anti-Trafficking Law. Over the objections of advocates who worked directly with victims of human trafficking and with sex workers, Governor Spitzer pushed through penalty enhancements against clients of all sex workers. Sex worker advocates fought against such provisions because these policies drive people who need help further underground.

“Spitzer has stood up for workers’ rights in certain capacities, but has not followed through with meeting the real needs of sex workers,” Audacia Ray, author of Naked on the Internet, noted, “It would be great if the government could use money towards services, not punitive measures.”

The press has picked up on the relationship that inter-state trafficking laws (under the Mann Act) have to this case. This connection illustrates a point that sex worker advocates have been making for a long time: Laws against inter-state transportation for the purposes of commercial sex are too often used for punishing people working as sex workers and those who work with and patronize them.

The exposure of Randall Tobias last year as a customer of an escort agency, Senator Vitter’s rumored association with sex workers and now this recent news of Governor Spitzer, the corruption and hypocrisy inherently associated with prohibiting consensual prostitution are again being brought to light. Shaming these men will do nothing to improve the nature of the sex industry and the deeply-rooted corruption that is associated with the prohibition of prostitution.

“The criminalization of prostitution breeds this type of hypocrisy and makes our politicians (and other public figures) vulnerable,” says Carol Leigh of Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA. “This vulnerability exists until our society recognizes that consensual sexual behavior is private and these private acts should no longer be criminalized.”

“Many of our clients are politicians, judges, lawyers and even police,” Monica S., 26 of Brooklyn said. “It’s odd that they spend so much effort putting us into jail, but then turn around and give us their money in exchange for sex. Why do they think they won’t get caught breaking the laws that they make?”

The commentary on Dealbreaker.com, a Wall-Street news site, says about Wall-street’s anti-Spitzer reaction to the ‘Client 9’ story: “‘There is a God’ was the first thought on Wall Street. The next thought is, ‘Please don’t let it be revealed that I’m Lucky Number 7.'”

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Woman Says She Had Sex With Sen. Vitter

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A former New Orleans prostitute who will be featured in Larry Flynt’s Hustler magazine appeared at his office Tuesday to accuse Sen. David Vitter of having a sexual relationship with her in 1999. Wendy Ellis told reporters that Vitter visited her two to three times a week for sexual relations between July and November 1999.

Flynt produced parts of an Aug. 22 polygraph test that he said confirmed her account, but Ellis could provide no financial records, photographs or other evidence to support her assertion that the Louisiana Republican was a client during that time.

Vitter has denied those claims.

“I want the truth to be known,” Ellis said. “It was a pure sexual relationship. He would come in and do his business.”

Ellis declined to comment when asked if she was being paid or reimbursed for her statement regarding Vitter, but she later said she would appear in Hustler magazine in January.

She would not say if she is being paid for the layout.

“She looks … good,” Flynt said.

Vitter, 46, a first-term senator, apologized in July for committing a “very serious sin” and acknowledged his phone number was among those called several years ago by a Washington escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Federal prosecutors accused Palfrey of racketeering by running a prostitution ring that netted more than $2 million over 13 years, but she claims her escort service was a legitimate business.

Vitter’s admission came after Hustler magazine told the senator that his telephone number was linked to Palfrey’s escort service.

The senator was not charged with a crime.

Vitter’s office did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.

On Monday, Vitter spokesman Joel Digrado wouldn’t comment on the Flynt press conference. In an e-mail, Digrado said, “Sen. Vitter and his wife have addressed all of this very directly. The senator is focused on important Louisiana priorities like the water resources bill and the Iraq debate.”

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Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. left, and Wendy Cortez, whose real name is Wendy Ellis, speak at a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Flynt Unveils More Vitter Claims

Ex-New Orleans Prostitute Says Louisiana Senator Was a Client

By ARASH GHADISHAH

From ABC News 

Sept. 11, 2007—

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter is again under fire from adult content publisher Larry Flynt. Flynt restated his claim today that Vitter patronized a Louisiana prostitution service in 1999.

The Hustler magazine publisher called a news conference today and brought a former prostitute into his Beverly Hills office to publicly name Vitter as her former client.

Wendy Ellis had previously told her story to reporters under a pseudonym, but today, she sat alongside Flynt at his ornate desk, and recounted how she was paid for sex by Vitter two to three times a week for a period of four months in 1999. Flynt also provided reporters with results of a polygraph examination which supports Ellis’s claim.

Ellis says she was a heavy drug user during the period she claims to have had sex with the then-state representative, and did not know or care that Vitter was a public official. She says she is now off drugs and hopes telling her story publicly will force Vitter to resign from the Senate. “Why do we want to have a man who is representing our country lie continuously?” she asked.

In July, Vitter apologized for a “very serious sin in my past,” acknowledging that his telephone number was among those found in the records of a Washington escort service that federal investigators say was a cover for a prostitution ring. Vitter’s involvement with the D.C. service was first revealed by Flynt, who uncovered the phone records as part of an ongoing investigation into the conduct of Washington officials.

In his July statement, Vitter denied patronizing Louisiana prostitutes.

Though the senator was at work in Washington today, his office did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News. This morning, Vitter questioned Gen. David Petraeus at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Flynt still aims to force Vitter’s resignation from the Senate. He says that Vitter’s self-portrayal as a family values agenda official makes him a fair target.

“I think that bothered her more than anything, that he was being such a hypocrite,” said Flynt of Ellis’ motivation for going public. “If you are going to throw stones, you shouldn’t live in a glass house, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Flynt employed polygraphist Edward Gelb to administer Ellis’ lie detector examination. “He was totally convinced, after administering the test to her, that she was being totally truthful,” said Flynt of Ellis’ results. “I don’t think you’d get the same results with Vitter.”

Gelb issued a statement through Flynt that polygraph results found Ellis was “telling the truth” when she answered “yes” to the question: “Did you have a sexual relationship with David Vitter for at least four months through a New Orleans escort service?”

Though she refused to say whether Flynt had paid her for her statement, Ellis claimed that money was not a motivating factor in her decision to name Vitter.

Flynt took out a full page add in the Washington Post in June that offered $1 million to anyone who could document “a sexual encounter” with a high ranking government official.

Ellis was not offered the million-dollar reward from Hustler for her story. “Wendy would have gotten a lot of money on this deal, but she wasn’t the first source to out Vitter,” explained Flynt. “The pie gets smaller as you go along.”

“This is not about the money with me,” said Ellis. “This is about being honest. … I don’t want him to apologize to me, I want him to apologize to everybody he lied to. … don’t call me a liar.”

Ellis said she feels sympathy for Vitter’s wife, but that did not deter her campaign against the senator. “She deserves to know the truth,” Ellis said of Vitter’s wife Wendy. “She deserves to know that he is a liar.”

The former prostitute will also appear in a pictorial in the January issue of Hustler.

“I’m going to take care of Wendy,” responded Flynt to repeated questions about Ellis’ compensation from Hustler. “We are working on a book deal.”

Flynt warns that Washington officials should continue to fear a call from his office. His staff is still scouring the phone records of Deborah Jean Palfrey  the so-called D.C. Madam, with whom Vitter was initially linked  for more evidence against top government officials.

Flynt said he still has 3,000 phone numbers among Palfrey’s records to check out.

“We’ve got a lot more coming,” claimed Flynt. “There is one more gay senator or congressman, and he also votes against matters of self-interest all the time. … I think he should go, he’s at the top of the agenda now.”

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Prostitute’s new claims complicate Vitter’s life

Sept. 11, 2007, 10:30PM

From the Houston Chronicle NEW ORLEANS — Analysts said the political future of U.S. Sen. David Vitter again was thrown into question Tuesday after a former New Orleans prostitute vouched in person that the senator was one of her former clients.

“It’s just a continuous drip of information, allegations, contradictions that are beyond his control,” said Silas Lee, a New Orleans political analyst. “The question is what’s the tolerance of voters.”

When Vitter’s sex scandal broke out in July after he acknowledged that his Washington telephone number showed up on the phone records of an escort service, political observers thought he could weather the maelstrom.

Since then, though, the atmosphere surrounding Vitter and the Republican Party has become more dire because of the guilty plea in an airport sex sting by Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.

And the new dynamics may mean trouble from Vitter.

His survival has become “definitely more complicated,” said Elliott Stonecipher, a Shreveport political analyst.

With Republicans reeling, they will take measures to save the GOP’s image and keep the sex scandals from tainting the rest of the party, Stonecipher said. “Vitter could become the guy the party throws under the bus to keep the discussion where it is.”

The first-term senator from Metairie and family-issues conservative has one thing on his side: He faces re-election in 2010.

On Tuesday, Wendy Ellis, a former New Orleans prostitute, presented her case at a Beverly Hills, Calif., news conference arranged by Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. She said Vitter was one of her clients in 1999, the year he won a seat in the U.S. House.

Vitter has denied those claims, but Flynt said Ellis recently passed a lie detector test that confirms her side of the story. Ellis was previously identified as Wendy Cortez, the name she used as a prostitute.

Joel Digrado, Vitter’s spokesman, declined to comment on Ellis’ new claims and said “Vitter and his wife have addressed all of this very directly.”

The Republican Party of Louisiana declined to comment and referred questions to Vitter’s office.

Lee Fletcher, a north Louisiana Republican radio talk show host and political operative, said the latest claims by Ellis and Flynt would not damage Vitter.

“He came in here 30 days ago, and it was SRO: standing room only,” Fletcher said about a recent visit to north Louisiana by Vitter.

“The consensus even among the folks behind the scenes is that it’s not going anywhere. It’s been tried and it didn’t stick,” Fletcher said about the allegations. “What’s really helped Vitter, the people going after him are a pornographer and a prostitute. And therefore they have less credibility than anybody I can think of.”

The state Democratic Party did not release a statement.