Larry Flynt Endorses Mark Sanford: “He’s The Sex Pioneer Of Our Time”

As if things hadn’t already been going badly for former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, this happened today:

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt endorsed conservative Republican Mark Sanford’s bid for South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday, hailing the state’s disgraced former governor as “the sex pioneer of our time.”

Flynt said Tuesday that he also was donating the maximum legal contribution–$2,600—to Sanford’s campaign. He said “no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today. He is the man of the hour—the midnight hour. He has demonstrated by his words and deeds that traditional values are shameful and that he will not live by such rules. As the bible teaches us: ‘Ye shall know them by their fruits.'”

Flynt added: “Sanford’s open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support. His attack on sexual hypocrisy is the only issue in this campaign. It is what defines Mark Sanford. Placing sex at the top of the agenda, he continues his courageous fight, demanding forgiveness while brazenly hugging his mistress at campaign parties.”

The publisher said the decision to back the conservative, who is not being supported by the national Republican Party’s congressional fundraising arm, “has not been an easy decision for me. Even though Mark Sanford has emerged as the leader against sexual hypocrisy in American politics, he is a liar. He lied to his gubernatorial staff. He lied to his wife. He lied to his children. He lied to the people of South Carolina and to the press. Despite his journey down this Appalachian Trail of deceit, I support him not for his character, but for exposing the hypocrisy of traditional values. The liar has exposed the greater lie.”

Flynt also commended Sanford’s supporters. “They have the courage to toss aside lifelong convictions to embrace the sex pioneer of our time,” he said. “They have rejected the religious teachings of their Bible-thumping preachers and tossed the false sanctity of marriage into the trashcan. Sanford’s fellow pioneers are teaching their children the invaluable lesson that traditional values are nothing more than a scam.”

In other news, Sanford was also endorsed by Rand Paul and Freedomworks, although I’m sure their reasons were far different from Flynt’s.

There’s even a Larry Flynt endorsement video on YouTube. I haven’t watched it, so proceed at your own risk.

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  1. Is there a word for an endorsment that’s actually intended to hurt the recipient’s chances because being associated with you will turn off more supporters than it gathers?

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    Is there a word for an endorsment that’s actually intended to hurt the recipient’s chances because being associated with you will turn off more supporters than it gathers?

    Well, there are 2 words:

    FWCK YOU!!!!!

  3. Jeremy says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    I have a couple of ideas:

    – Crashdorsement (really, it popped into my head)
    – Flyndorsement
    – Pulling a Flynt

  4. Tony W says:

    Reminds me of this endorsement in the 2012 campaign.

    Although I may be giving Ms. Lohan more credit than she deserves.