His endorsement of the Republican in South Carolina’s 1st District race carries an apparent sarcastic intent, however.
“I am endorsing Mark Sanford for U.S. Congress because no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today,” Flynt states in his video endorsement. (See video below.)
Referring to the infamous Argentine affair that closed Sanford’s career as South Carolina governor, Flynt continues “his attack on sexual hypocrisy is the only issue in this campaign.
“Placing sex at the top the agenda, he continues his courageous fight, demanding forgiveness while brazenly hugging his mistress at campaign parties.”
Sanford’s now-fiancée appeared with him on the evening of the April 2 GOP runoff election.
Flynt also takes a swipe at Sanford’s supporters: “I want to commend the voters…who support Mark Sanford.
“They have rejected the false teachings of their Bible-thumping preachers and tossed the false sanctity of marriage into the trashcan,” the ad reads.
Flynt notes his offering of a $2,600 donation to the campaign of Sanford, whom he sarcastically calls “America’s great sex pioneer.”
While his ad is obviously against the GOP nominee, it doesn’t fully represent Flynt’s political alignment; Flynt once ran as a Republican for the office of California governor in a 2003 special election.
In other political activities, in 1996 Flynt offered monetary reward to anyone who could offer news on sex scandals involving national politicians, which eventually led to the resignation of Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.) regarding his extramarital affair during the height of similar news about Pres. Clinton.
(Serving the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives at the same time of these revelations, Sanford voted to impeach Clinton and publicly called for Livingston to resign.)
In 2012 Flynt offered the same $1 million reward for details on the income tax returns of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and to anyone who would confirm an extramarital affair with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
The special election that features Republican candidate Sanford is set for May 7.
The most recent polls show Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert-Busch to have a nine-point lead.