NEW YORK (WPIX)—Kristin Davis, the former madam who publicly admitted to providing disgraced New York Governor Elliot Sptizer with prostitutes, is officially challenging New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in the race for governor.
Davis successfully petitioned to get her name on November's gubernatorial ballot. The ex-madam acquired over 23,000 signatures -- more than the 15,000 required to land a spot as an independent challenger to Cuomo.
Davis claims her campaign will focus primarily on legalizing prostitution, marijuana and gay marriage.
"Legalization of prostitution and marijuana would bring New York $3 billion in new revenue," Davis told PIX 11 News in February, when she first expressed interest in running for governor. "That's a third of our deficit."
Comic Prof. Irwin Corey and "True Blood's vampire king Denis O'Hare, were among those who signed on their support for the blonde bombshell's bid for governor, according to the NY Daily News.
In addition, Davis has a hooker of her own supporting her candidacy. According to the New York Post, Leslie Ann Hooker recently wrote to Davis, saying "Kristin, I could not agree with you more. You are more qualified than any of these stupid political hacks. You were always in charge."
"I am a direct descendant of Gen. Hooker who led Union troops in the Civil War, a.k.a. Fighting Joe Hooker. He is the reason prostitutes are called hookers. The ladies were smart enough to follow his Army, and Lincoln kept allowing it at Hooker's request. He is in front of the State House in Boston, a magnificent statue. Without the 'girls' it would have been even more of a horrible war. You are a smart woman!" she said.
In April, PIX 11 News attended one of Davis' Manhattan fundraisers, which was held at Taj Nightclub on W. 21st St. The one-time queen of Manhattan escorts went all out for the shin dig -- including dressing up guests in heavy body paint and lingerie.
"We're not trying to disguise who I am," said the former madam. "Not like every other dirty politician out there."
In order to raise money, Davis auctioned off a dinner with a nude model from a Penthouse magazine.
At the time she claimed the event would raise at least $15,000. It has not been determined how much cash was actually raised at the fundraiser.
Reports surfaced last year, claiming Spitzer was mulling over an idea to run for State Comptroller. At the time, Gov. David Paterson had reportedly backed the move.
Spitzer resigned as New York governor in March 2008 when his involvement in the high-priced prostitution ring was uncovered. He is currently teaching a "Law and Public Policy" course at City College and writing an online column.