Meet Dennis Hof, Nevada’s Latest Pimp To Try and Make the Leap Into Politics

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America’s most famous brothel boss wants to serve in the state Assembly. Is that a good thing?


(John L. Smith | Daily Beast) – If you like your politics just a little kinky, you’ve come to the right place.


The notion of a brothel baron seeking public office would qualify as an outrage in most places, but in Nevada Dennis Hof’s state Assembly candidacy just sort of blends right in. Best known as the proprietor of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel near Reno, the leading man in HBO’s Cathouse: The Series knows plenty about the ins and outs of doing business in the only state where prostitution is legal.


Now the registered Libertarian Party member wants to take his show on the road to Carson City, the state capital where prostitution is officially illegal. It’s a fact that always seems to surprise people who have watched the Nevada Legislature in action.


Hof—who tells me that “politicians give prostitutes a bad name”—is running in Assembly District 36 in the heart of Nevada’s libertarian outback, where the only good Democrat is one generally seen accelerating at high speed out of enormous and nearly empty Nye County. It’s the third-largest county in the contiguous U.S. and has a historical romance with the legalized brothel racket that only occasionally heats into scandal.


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