COLUMBIA, SC (WISTV) - Because a billboard ad featuring Mark Sanford and a website that endorses and encourages affairs wasn't enough for today, Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt has thrown his support behind the ex-governor for the First Congressional District seat.
The 2-minute endorsement was uploaded to YouTube late Tuesday afternoon.
Sitting in front of an unfolded American flag and talking above the rousing beats of a marching drum, Flynt called Sanford the "sex pioneer of our time."
"My endorsement has not been an easy decision for me," said Flynt. "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."
Flynt goes on to say that he is contributing the maximum amount of $2,600 to Sanford's campaign in hopes he'll get to meet the former governor and shake his hand.
"I am looking forward to personally congratulating America's great sex pioneer," said Flynt.
Sanford faces Clemson University administrator Elizabeth Colbert Busch in next week's May 7 special election.