Ex-Madam Kristin Davis Plans to 'Bring It On' in New York's Gubernatorial Debate

Davis is running for governor as the candidate of the Anti-Prohibition Party

ByABC News
October 17, 2010, 11:37 PM

Oct. 18, 2010— -- Who says politics isn't a circus?

Kristin Davis, the one-time Manhattan madam who says she supplied call girls to Eliot Spitzer when he was New York's governor, shares a stage tonight with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and all the other candidates in the only debate of New York's gubernatorial race.

Davis is running for governor as the candidate of the Anti-Prohibition Party.

She was guaranteed a place tonight when Republican Carl Paladino demanded that Cuomo debate all the third-party hopefuls, and Cuomo agreed.

"It won't be hard to stand out in a crowd of middle-aged white men so bring it on," Davis wrote on her website when her participation was assured. "The good news is that I have 11 days to figure out what to wear."

Getting noticed should not be a problem for Davis, who says she is 35, sports tattoos on both arms and is routinely described by New York's tabloids as everything from an "escort empress" to a "busty bottle blonde."

Davis touts herself as an "accomplished businesswoman," putting her in line with a slew of women executives who have plunged into politics this year.

There's former eBay chief Meg Whitman, running for governor of California; Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO seeking a Senate seat in California; and Linda McMahon, who helped to build the WWE pro-wrestling empire and is running for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.

But the business Davis created was called Wicked Models, and her claim to fame is that it grew to become, she says, the biggest escort agency in the world.

"At its height we had about 140 girls, locations in five different cities and a call center with 10 employees that we ran 24-7 out of Montevideo, Uruguay," she says. "It was very lucrative."

A Governor's Fall

Davis says one of her customers was Spitzer.

Revelations that he was patronizing prostitutes forced him to resign as governor and forced Davis out of business, too.

"I knew that he was a client and so I immediately closed down and gave all my information to my attorney and asked him to turn me in, because I knew that I would be going to jail," she explains.

Davis spent about four months behind bars, pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prostitution and forfeited $500,000 in profits.