Proving the old adage that America is the land of opportunity where anything can happen, Dennis Hof, a Trump-loving brothel owner, won his race for Nevada state legislature on Tuesday night — despite the fact that he's been dead for three weeks.
Here's the polling notice in Pahrump today informing voters that GOP Assembly candidate Dennis Hof is deceased but still appears on the ballot. If Hof wins, county commissions from the 3 counties that the district covers will appoint a replacement from the same party #nvlegpic.twitter.com/p8mjPBIwzz
— Riley Snyder (@RileySnyder) November 6, 2018
Hof was famous as the owner of Nevada's Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel and was also a star of HBO's reality TV show Cathouse, which centered on the Bunny Ranch. He was a vocal supporter of Trump's, even using the title of his memoir, The Art of the Pimp, to pay homage to Trump's famous tome, The Art of the Deal.
Hof died in mid-October after several days of reported partying in celebration of his 72nd birthday. His body was discovered by legendary adult film star Ron Jeremy.
Just arrived on-scene at Love Ranch Vegas. Dennis died quietly in his sleep. Ron Jeremy found him this morning when he went to wake him to go to a meeting in Pahrump. Investigation still going on.
— Chuck Muth (@ChuckMuth) October 16, 2018
By that point, though, it was too late to remove Hof from the ballot and state law dictates that a victorious dead candidate be replaced by someone selected by the winning party, meaning voters would essentially be choosing between Romanov and a Republican to be named later. His victory wasn't a total surprise, as the district has been reliably conservative for many cycles, meaning just about any Republican — even a dead one — was going to win.
Ironically, Hof lost in a race for the same position running as a Libertarian in 2016.
Calling himself the "Trump of Pahrump," Hof embraced the president as something of a spiritual model for his 2018 run, telling CNN in June, "I'm riding the Trump wave. He's Christopher Columbus." (This even though Hof was behind the cringe-worthy publicity stunt "Hookers for Hillary" in 2016.)
— Friends of Hof (@ElectHof) August 23, 2018
He ran on a platform that was heavy on gun rights and lower taxes and sought to ban sanctuary cities in Nevada, earning the support of Roger Stone and Grover Norquist along the way. He even borrowed the spirit of Trump's "MAGA" slogan for his own, "Make Nevada Nevada Again."
Such a wild story of course inspired a lot of head-scratching and chuckles throughout election night.
it is wild enough that Dennis Hof, a Nevada brothel owner WHO DIED LAST MONTH won his election race last night, but trying to imagine the party at which he died has fully broken me pic.twitter.com/maE4WYWRTc
— Ben (@cinemashoebox) November 7, 2018
If only Dennis Hof had lived to see himself almost get 69 percent of the vote. https://t.co/cek4rpsBGO
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) November 7, 2018
Wild that people voted for Dennis Hof pic.twitter.com/MbJE3Fem81
— christina (@NevadaTin) November 7, 2018
Dennis Hof overwhelmingly won a Nevada State Assembly race. Conservatives would rather vote for a dead pimp than a Democrat. You can't even parody right-wing America at this point. They are killing political comedy.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 7, 2018
Deceased brothel owner Dennis Hof has comfortably won election to the Nevada state assembly. America, truly the land of opportunity
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) November 7, 2018
Hof's replacement, who will be chosen before the start of the next State Assembly session on February 4, 2019, will be a little complicated. The commissions in the three counties represented by the district will each select a candidate and then all three commissions will gather to select the replacement from that group.
But Hof and his story will live on in our hearts forever.