From ‘Cathouse’ to Statehouse: Bunny Ranch Owner Dennis Hof Wins Nevada GOP Primary

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Dennis Hof has been a pimp, a reality TV star, and an author. Now the owner of the famed Nevada Moonlite Bunny Ranch can add GOP State Assembly nominee to his colorful resume.

Hof, best known for his role in the HBO adult reality series “Cathouse,” won the Republican primary for the state legislature on Tuesday, defeating a three-term incumbent.

“No other pimp has ever done this before,” Hof told TheWrap. “I don’t let things happen, I make them happen. I take the bull by the horns.”

If Hof sounds a bit like another former reality star-turned politician, it’s not by coincidence. “What qualifies me is the same thing that qualified Trump,” said Hof, who dubbed himself “The Trump of Pahrump.” He’s also written a book called “The Art of the Pimp,” and even held a rally with longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone.

“I’m a businessman,” Hof said. “We sign the front of the paycheck, not the back. We know what it takes to run a business and a state is just like a business but with a lot more zeros on it.”

After defeating Republican incumbent James Oscarson in the primary, Hof will face Democrat Lesia Romanov in November. He’s considered the favorite to win in his conservative-leaning district and if he does, he says he’ll focus on “defending the Second Amendment” and repealing Nevada’s Commerce Tax, imposed on businesses with gross revenue exceeding $4 million a year. He also wants to do away with state water meters “to correct the illegal taking of people’s water.”

But Hof may have another issue on his plate. A measure to close down brothels in at least one of the seven Nevada counties where they legally operate is already on the ballot. Another county, where Hof owns two more brothels could have a similar measure, if enough signatures are collected.

But if Hof is worried, he isn’t showing his cards.

It’s all politically motivated and the people of Nevada are too smart for it,” he said.

Either way, he says, he’s already sold two of his brothels and is planning on selling two more, keeping only the four brothels he has in northern Nevada.

“I want to focus on doing a good job at the State Assembly,” he said.

In the meantime, he’s been celebrating with his Bunny Ranch employees, who he calls “the girls.”

The girls are all happy and are very supportive,” he said. “They couldn’t be more ecstatic to have their favorite guy in the state legislature.”

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