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Cruz Pulls Own Ad Featuring Porn Star

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Ted Cruz was forced to pull down an add poking fun at his opponent because the actress is a softcore porn star.

The ad, which featured a support group discussing their problems, begins with a man asking “Has anyone else here struggled with being lied to?”

One man quickly answers “Well, I voted for a guy who was a tea party hero on the campaign trail. Then he went to D.C. and played patty-cake with Chuck Schumer and cut a deal on amnesty.” This is a veiled attack on Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration efforts as a member of the so-called Gang of Eight.

“Maybe you should vote for more than a pretty face next time,” a woman responds. Then a man walks in, wearing a Rubio for President shirt, asking if there was room for one more. It ends with Cruz, using election law language, introducing himself and approving the message.

But the ad won’t air anywhere soon after the campaign learned the woman speaking was Amy Lindsay, an actress who made a career in starring in softcore pornography films.

But Cruz soon decided that he definitely did not approve this message, and the ad was pulled — because Amy Lindsay, the actress warning about voting for a “pretty face,” wasn’t exactly what she seemed to some viewers. In fact, she is perhaps best known for her roles in softcore pornography films.

While talking to the Washington Post, Lindsay said she understands why the ad was pulled, citing the cutthroat campaign currently underway in the Republican presidential primary.

“I didn’t want to hurt the Ted Cruz campaign,” she said.

However, her Twitter account expressed a more disheartening tone.

The campaign, though, decided to move on.

“The actress responded to an open casting call,” Catherine Frazier, spokesman for the Cruz campaign, told the New York Times. “She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the casting company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad. The campaign is taking the ad down and will replace it with a different commercial.”

Lindsay is more than a softcore porn star, though. She acted on an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Silk Stockings,” and “Pacific Blue.”

“I’m just an actress in Los Angeles doing what I’m doing,” she said. “Going up against 400 actresses to do a job.”

She later added: “You guys have all painted me as this big porn star, which I am not.”

Lindsay’s career deviates from what most people consider pornography in that she has never had sex on camera and has only appeared in R-rated films as opposed to the X rating pornography typically gets. She also told the Post that she has not done even softcore in seven years.

“I didn’t cross a certain line,” she said.

This is not the first time someone in the porn industry —of any type— has crossed paths with the Republican Party. The industry itself is very libertarian with its desire to have the government let the people decide who to handle their bodies and their choices.

“I think that my work and being in the porn industry definitely hits on so many libertarian themes like free speech, and censorship, and, you know, choice and autonomy over our bodies,” said Miriam Weeks, a Duke University student who was outed as a porn star over a year ago. “So I think that I’ve really become passionate about libertarian issues because of the intersection.”

Jenna Jameson, one of the most well-known stars in the industry —even among those who have never seen a pornographic film— publically backed Mitt Romney four years ago and is currently supporting Rubio, whether he likes it or not.

For Lindsay, the chance to appear in the ad was a boon for more than just visibility. She is also a pro-gun, pro-life Cruz supporter, though she disagrees with him over his stance on gay marriage. And while she voted for Ross Perot in 1992 and will likely vote for the Texas senator in the primary, she is also not afraid to show off the people she has run into, no matter how controversial they may be.

And she admitted that while she is disappointed in Cruz’ decision to drop, it doesn’t mean she will hold a grudge and appear in just anyone’s campaign commercial.

“Even though I’m a softcore actress, I’m voting conservative and Republican … I couldn’t do a Hillary Clinton commercial for all the money in the world.”

Justin Shimko

Justin Shimko is an award-winning writer and political analyst. He began as a reporter in his college days at the University of Oklahoma, writing for The Oklahoma Daily (rated as one of the best collegiate newspapers in the nation) and The Oklahoman, the statewide newspaper, winning awards from the CSPA and the Society of Professional Journalists. He later moved on to research and writing work for a number of political campaigns. His email is [email protected]

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Justin Shimko
Justin Shimko is an award-winning writer and political analyst. He began as a reporter in his college days at the University of Oklahoma, writing for The Oklahoma Daily (rated as one of the best collegiate newspapers in the nation) and The Oklahoman, the statewide newspaper, winning awards from the CSPA and the Society of Professional Journalists. He later moved on to research and writing work for a number of political campaigns. His email is [email protected]
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