Majority of Allegheny prostitutes are on the Democratic side
John McCain and Barack Obama, if you're wooing a population of registered voters who are young, female and drawn to men in suits, then Allegheny County has 675 ladies ready to pull your lever.
They're convicted streetwalkers, escorts and brothel babes collared in 2000 and from 2003-2006, uncovered by the Trib.
Based on the prostitutes' voter registration cards, they're destined to become Obama girls in November. That's because 78 percent of them registered as Democrats. Countywide, Dems make up only about 62 percent of voters, according to the Division of Elections.
The Illinois senator also has the advantage with local "johns" -- 72 percent go Democratic. And convicted pimps: Four out of every five register Democratic. And for the most special of special interest groups -- male transvestite hookers -- they're batting a thousand for Dems, albeit in drag.
"For years and years we had politicians paying too much attention to hookers, so it's great to finally see hookers paying attention to politics," said Dan Fee, a top Philadelphia Democratic consultant who helped Obama's Pennsylvania primary campaign.
Fee's tongue was firmly embedded in his cheek, but pretrial detainees; people incarcerated for misdemeanors; and felons released from prison, on home arrest or in halfway houses can vote legally, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Based on registration addresses, Democratic sex workers likely will go the polls most heavily in Pittsburgh's Uptown, North Side and Lawrenceville wards, with Republican prostitutes voting in Morningside, Allentown and Beechview.
"You don't disregard any voter, but how would you even advertise with these women?" said Fee, Gov. Ed Rendell's former spokesman.
No ad buys are needed. Without any party outreach beyond disgraced New York Gov. Eliott Spitzer's credit card, prostitutes already display an impressive loyalty to the Democratic brand, at least locally. Not so with the Republicans, despite the best personal efforts of political strategist Dick Morris -- caught sucking a Carrick call girl's toes in 1996 -- and Louisiana Sen. David Vittner, who became ensnared in last year's "DC Madam" scandal with Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a Charleroi native.
While about one out of every four county voters registers Republican, less than 10 percent of the oldest profession joins the Grand Old Party. What can a 72-year-old pro-business Senator from Arizona do to win over the Bordello Belt• Something involving a stimulus package?
"We're not writing off any votes this time!" declared, in jest, Allegheny County Republican Committee chairman Jim Roddy.
The former County Executive joked about sending a mass e-mail begging GOP volunteers to "contact all these folks" before they vote Obama, but "I can't divulge who I think will respond."
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