Mark Sanford received a lot of endorsements on Tuesday. Sen. Rand Paul gave him the nod, as did the conservative group Freedomworks.
And then there was Larry Flynt.
The founder and publisher of Hustler magazine announced his support for the former South Carolina governor’s congressional bid on Tuesday in a video.
In it, he describes Sanford as the “sex pioneer of our time,” saying that “no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today.”
That is why, Flynt says, he is “willing to step in and stand erect for Mark Sanford.”
Flynt says he donated $2600 to Sanford’s campaign. Sanford campaign spokesman Joel Sawyer said Sanford would not accept the check from Flynt. He declined to comment on the endorsement.
Sanford also earned the glowing endorsement on Tuesday of Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to matching up people who want to cheat on their partners.
Here is the full transcript of Flynt’s endorsement, courtesy of ABC.
I am endorsing Mark Sanford for U.S. Congress because 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.”
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.
My endorsement 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.
I want to commend the voters of the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina who support Mark Sanford. They have the courage to toss aside lifelong convictions to embrace the sex pioneer of our time. 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. These voters are telling the sanctimonious, self-righteous and hypocritical opponents of Mark Sanford, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”
I also commend Sanford’s supporters for bucking the National Republican Congressional Committee after it withdrew its backing of Mark Sanford despite his victory in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District. While the Republican Party continues to display its cowardice and hypocrisy, I am willing to step in and stand erect for Mark Sanford.
I have contributed the maximum amount of $2,600 to the Sanford for Congress campaign. I would like to heartily invite Mark Sanford to meet with me, man to man, for a photo opportunity and to shake my hand in gratitude for my endorsement. I am looking forward to personally congratulating America’s great sex pioneer.