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Porn star Mary Carey

Mary Carey, the porn star who made recent headlines for attending dinners with President Bush, has formally kicked off her campaign for California governor.

“I don’t think Arnold Schwarzenegger’s been doing as good of a job as I could be doing,” Carey announced in Norwalk, Calif., “so, therefore, I need to be governor of California.”

Carey made an attempt three years ago for the Golden State’s top job in the wake of the recall of Gov. Gray Davis, but she lost to actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Though she previously ran as a Democrat, she’s now an Independent, and will bypass the primary season. However, she still needs to collect 165,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

In an exclusive interview with WorldNetDaily last June, Carey maintained she has a strong faith in God despite her racy occupation.

“I read the Bible and pray every night,” she said.

Carey, whose real name is Mary Ellen Cook, says she was named after the Mary Ellen character on “The Waltons” TV show. Born in Cleveland, she was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., studied theater in college, and worked jobs in restaurants before trying stripping and then making the decision to enter the world of celluloid sex.

“I kind of wanted to be a porn star,” she said. “I wasn’t raped or abused.”

When asked about Bible verses condemning adultery, she responded, “Bill Clinton committed adultery. [Doing] adult movies is acting, portraying a role. It’s not Mary Ellen Cook, the real me.”

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