Nevada brothel owner, found dead last month, wins state legislative seat
A reality TV star and brothel owner was found dead the day after a wild birthday celebration. Then he was elected to public office.
Dennis Hof, self-proclaimed pimp whose Donald Trump-inspired run for the state legislature drew national attention, was found dead on Oct. 16. He was 72.
According to the Associated Press, Hoff then beat Democratic educator Lesia Romanov on Nov. 6 in the race for Nevada’s 36th Assembly District.
With Hof dead, county officials plan to appoint a Republican to the seat.
Hof was found dead the morning after a birthday celebration attended by conservative anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, controversial former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and adult film star Ron Jeremy.
Hof’s campaign manager, Chuck Muth, tweeted: “I just confirmed with Nye County sheriff’s deputy that Dennis Hof passed away this morning. No other details at this point. I’m heading out to Love Ranch Vegas now. Official statement will come once I learn more.”
Lt. David Boruchowitz with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Hof’s death, but said the department is sharing no additional details.
Hof — the star of HBO’s “Cathouse” series who Republican consultant Roger Stone had called “Trump from Pahrump” — had ousted a sitting Republican member of Nevada’s State Assembly in a primary and was the favorite to win a seat in Carson City in November’s election.
“I’m riding the Trump wave,” Hof told CNN in June as he explained how an owner of legal brothels could win elections. “He’s Christopher Columbus.”
“This is the new breed of politicians because of what Donald Trump has done. He’s opened that door. Before this, who would have ever elected somebody who said, on tape, ‘Grab ’em by the p—-‘? Nobody ever would do that,” Hof said then.
Voters, he said, seem to have decided, “I’d rather have that than the guy that’s going to lie to me and raise my taxes and sell me out to the special interests.”