TMZ reports that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) recently suggested that former beauty pageant contestant Carrie Prejean would be a serious contender for public office:
[Carrie] has the ability to draw crowds and if she has a strong message to go with that, who knows what she can do? She has star power which can open doors.
We’ve all made mistakes when we were 17. [The sex tape] is going to be an impediment, but people are excited about her convictions and her beliefs.
Prejean, who believes gay couples do not deserve the right to marry, has been dogged recently by accounts of her appearances in various “sex tapes” and photos. The conservative National Organization for Marriage has apparently removed Prejean from its website, after previously touting her as “the future of our movement, and the future of America.” Chaffetz did not elaborate on what he considers to be Prejean’s “strong message.”