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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

'Girls Gone Wild' claim a hoax, Pryor says

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM

"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis put out a news release today that said he'd purchased the opportunity to put an intern on U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's staff at a charity auction and he intended to offer it as a prize for the winner of his reality series "The Search for the Hottest Girl in America."

Pryor's office says categorically that it has put no internship up for auction for charity or otherwise and that the paid positions are determined in a selection process. The claim is a hoax, it said.

This release is a hoax. This office does not sell, auction or donate internships. Internship positions are determined through an extensive application process. Unfortunately, as Mark Pryor moves into the 2014 election cycle this is the kind of stupid, out-of-left field attacks you will see.

Unless and until Joe Francis produces any supporting evidence, I tend to accept Pryor's statement.

Noted: A paid hack for U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who will run against Pryor in 2014 unless he runs for governor (though Herb Rule might retire him first), Twittered this news four times in rapid succession this morning, with lascivious photos and lots of cluck-clucking, with much repeating by other wingnuts. Dirty trick at work? Or just kismet? The Rove machine that nurtured Griffin knows how to plant the dirt, that's for sure.

Note, too, that Pryor is unpopular with the porn industry for his sponsorship of legislation aimed at preventing access to pornographic websites by children.

The Democratic Party took umbrage.

In a disgusting display of politics-at-its worst, false attacks pulled out of thin air by special interests ratcheted up today against Senator Mark Pryor. Candace Martin of the Democratic Party of Arkansas released the following statement in response:

“These sort of conjured-up attacks are exactly the kind of rhetoric that has broken Washington and are constant distractions from addressing the issues facing our nation. The porn industry has joined an Arkansas Republican activist in attempts at manufacturing outlandish attacks on Arkansas’s U.S. Senator.

“Senator Pryor fought to prevent children accessing porn online and now the porn industry is striking back, with some Arkansas Republicans applauding the false antics of the porn industry. This is disgusting and I call on Arkansas Republicans to condemn these hoax stories immediately.”

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