Every time we get a new president, it sets off a conversation about which locals are likely to play the biggest roles in the administration. And while President Donald Trump hasn't exactly mined Louisiana for talent, a few familiar names have seen their profiles rise in the Trump era.

There's House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the chief vote counter for the chamber's Trump-friendly Republican majority. There's Scott Angelle, who parlayed losses for governor and Congress into a big-time appointment overseeing offshore oil drilling.

More of a household name than either of them these days, though, is another native Louisianan, Baton Rouge-born porn star Stormy Daniels.

A few years back, Daniels was a brief blip on the political radar when she teased a run against then-U.S. Sen. David Vitter after his prostitution scandal. When she emerged more recently as one of many unsavory characters in Trump's orbit, it seemed like she might grab another 15 minutes in the spotlight.

But it's turning out to be well more than that. For several months now, reporters have been probing the details of the $130,000 in supposed hush money she got from Trump's lawyer, and they keep coming up with new, damning revelations.



Just this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Daniels and the president had entered what she called "arbitration," after the The New York Times revealed that Trump had obtained a restraining order blocking her from speaking about their alleged affair, which Trump denies. Daniels also filed a lawsuit arguing that the nondisclosure agreement that accompanied the six-figure payment is invalid because Trump never signed it

Basically, she doesn't look like she's going away any time soon, and nor is this particular storyline.

Whether this will affect Trump's standing in the long run is, as always, not remotely a sure bet. Already this president has survived incident after incident that would have tanked any other politician. But it does make things awkward for his defenders.

Take U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, the current go-to politician for Capitol Hill journalists in search of a pithy quote. Asked by the Washington Post about how he would have reacted had the president at the center of the scandal been Barack Obama, not Donald Trump: Kennedy hedged a bit then delivered a blanket statement on sexual harassment: "This is no country for creepy old men."

Kennedy then started to walk away, the paper reported, before returning to offer what it termed an "urgent clarification." He said his comments were not intended to reflect poorly on Trump.

If he says so.


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