Politicians are usually found with prostitutes, but here's a flip side to that story. A Mississippi mayoral candidate has detailed her life as a former "working girl," who married one of her customers.
After being exposed by the media, Linda Fondren decided to come clean."I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago. It's true, my husband was my client. My husband and I have been married for 28 years," she told local television station WLBT Fox 40.
She worked in Nevada, where prostitution is legal in parts of the state.
Fondren kept that part of her life away from the political race so as to not embarrass family members. Needless to say, she's not exactly surprised the story came out. "I knew it would surface because it was around. I just didn't think it would surface and I would be sitting here doing an interview with you today."
The 57-year-old got into the industry to support herself, after getting pregnant at 14. She and her husband later owned the Sagebrush Ranch brothel in Nevada, until it sold in 1992. “That was a part of my life, that's not who I am now,” she pointed out.
Her admission has garnered an endorsement from Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hoff. Although Hoff doesn't live in Mississippi and would therefore have nothing to do with the election, he's offered his support."Our girls go on to careers in medicine, law, and education, and they fund those educations with the money that they earn here at The Bunny Ranch," he said."I couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments, and I sincerely believe that Linda Fondren's time working as a legal prostitute in Nevada has given her the necessary business acumen to be a very successful mayor."
If elected, Fondren said she will not support a measure to legalize prostitution in Mississippi.
Photo: WLBT Fox 40