Dead Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Elected To Nevada State Assembly After Landslide Victory
In a bizarre and unusual set of circumstance, a Republican candidate has been elected to the state assembly of Nevada - despite having died last month.
Yes, you've heard of a dead man walking, but how about a dead man running...for office?
Bizarre though it may seem, Dennis Hof - who, as it happens, is also the owner of one of Nevada's most famous brothels - still won enough votes to be elected to the state legislature despite having been found dead on October 16.
In the end, he won in a complete landslide, taking around 70% of the vote.
Imagine being one of the candidates running against him. That's got to hurt bad, hasn't it?
72 year old Hof died unexpectedly at his brothel - called 'The Love Ranch' - last month, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office. The day before his death, he had enjoyed a rally and birthday party that was attended by, amongst others, famous porn star Ron Jeremy.
His campaign manager, Chuck Muth, announced the death on Twitter the following day, stating that he had been found unresponsive by Jeremy himself.
Even though he had died, the state officials confirmed that his name would still appear on the ballot, and it looks like his plight - as well as the inadequacy of other candidates, it would seem - really spoke to the living public of the state of Nevada.
Well, you know what they say, you can't keep a good man down.
In happier times, Hof had starred in a HBO reality show called 'Cathouse'.
The show followed a number of prostitutes who worked in Hof's legal brothels.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hof had been running as a pro-Donald Trump Republican candidate. He also wrote an autobiography during his life called 'The Art of the Pimp' in which he called himself 'The Trump of Pahrump' - a reference to the city in which he owned several brothels.
Because - obviously - he will be unable to formally take his seat at the house, the Nevada Republican Party will now take responsibility for filling his seat.
His campaign manager actually seemed to admit at one stage that Hof's death might have improved his voting performance.
He told Reuters: "There are a lot of Republicans who were uncomfortable voting for Dennis because of the nature of his business, and they now know that he is not the one who will be serving,
"They will feel much more comfortable casting the ballot for him knowing there will be another Republican to replace him."
It's a controversial tactic, but it certainly seems to have paid off in the end.
Who says US politics is totally knackered?
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