Larry Flynt Hustles For Kucinich

The celebrity endorsements—they just don’t stop. Today, former WWF (now WWE) champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair endorsed Mike Huckabee, offering these thoughts: “His authentic conservative qualifications and level of executive leadership experience are unmatched by his opponents.   And like I always say, to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man and Mike Huckabee is the man. Whoooooooo!” Between Norris’ roundhouse kick and Flair’s shin-breaker/Figure Four leglock combo, Huckabee’s opponents might as well tap out now.

In other celebrity endorsement news: Hustler CEO and First Amendment advocate Larry Flynt held a fund-raiser for Dennis Kucinich at his company’s Los Angeles headquarters on Friday. “I support Dennis Kucinich because not only have I been a friend of his for 40 years, but I believe he offers an essential, viable and exciting option to the candidates that are more popular at the moment,” Flynt told the adult site

Kucinich spokeman Andy Juniewicz was cagey when asked about Flynt’s involvement in the campaign. “Larry Flynt and Dennis have been friends for more than 30 years, and he has contributed to campaigns in the past,” he told me, adding: “He was one of the key organizers in the most recent fund-raiser, one of a list of hosts” that included Woody Harrelson, Ed Norton, Sean and Robin Wright Penn, and others. Juniewicz pointed out that Flynt gives lots of money to lots of Democrats, including a $1,000 donation to Hillary Clinton in 2005. (Clinton rejected the money.)

So, I asked, does this mean Larry Flynt will be taking on a larger role in the campaign, a la Chuck Norris? “It was an event,” Juniewicz said. So he won’t be part of the campaign and appearing at other events from here on out? “You are correct.”