What is Mary Carey's net worth? Former porn star announces bid for California guv: 'I am ready to be on top'

After failing in 2003, Carey plans to try again, promising voters she's 'a politician you want to be screwed by'


                            What is Mary Carey's net worth? Former porn star announces bid for California guv: 'I am ready to be on top'
Mary Carey in a clip from 2003 when she first ran for governor in Norwalk, California (Getty Images)

Former porn star and Los Angeles billboard model Mary Carey is making a second run for California's governor adding the element of absurd to the campaign to recall Gov Gavin Newsom. She already has a website ready and even has listed out some of her plans, in a double entendre-laden announcement press release.

"I have big plans for California, and it is time for someone with a new attitude from outside of mainstream politics to lead," she said in her release. Carey added, "Last time I ran I was young, dumb, and full of fun. This time I have more experience and will not be taking this position laying down. I am ready to be on top!" Carey, whose real name is Mary Cook is the latest to throw her hat in the ring for the hotly-contested seat. Does she have what it takes to replace Newsom? To answer that, we first need to look at her net worth to see if she can support her campaign. 

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Mary Carey's poster for her run for Governor (Mary Carey for Governor website)

 

What is Mary Carey's net worth?

Growing up in Florida, Carey was forced to become the breadwinner for her family after her grandfather passed away. Both her parents were diagnosed with mental health issues, and unable to earn. As a result, she turned to exotic dancing to pay the bills. She then found her way into pornography, starring in approximately 90 adult films. As she shot to fame, Carey developed a product line with Doc Johnson, and also appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab show in 2008. In 2007, she quit acting in adult films

All that has led Carey to amass a net worth of around $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Model Fact estimates it to be around $1 million. We have no accurate information, but will likely know once she files her nomination papers. Financial disclosures are mandatory and when she does we will have a clearer picture of her net worth and assets. We do know that she owns a 2004 Corvette and a North Hollywood apartment that she got after her divorce from her first husband. Since then, Carey has married a doctor and largely stayed away from the public spotlight, barring the 2006 run for Lieutenant Governor of California, which she quit to take care of her mother. Now it appears as if she is ready to try again. 

Mary Carey poses after winning $21,200 on "Who Wants to be Governor of California" quiz show on October 7, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Carey's punny announcement

Carey's announcement was not short of puns and double-entendres but lacked the more substantial announcement one would expect from serious contenders. When she ran in 2003, it was a joke, but she seems to be taking this run more seriously. "She believes if the recall is successful that she is the woman who can help raise the state to new heights," the announcement said. "I’m used to bringing people together," said Carey. "I’ve always gone both ways, so as Governor, I won’t be shy about working with Democrats and Republicans alike." Like her previous attempts, Carey will run as an Independent. 'Totally Recalled 2: Golden Our State Again' is her campaign theme.

Beyond working with both sides, Carey has also listed some of her priorities. "As Governor, Carey wants to end the status quo by stopping the jobs from leaving the state and giving residents the happy ending they deserve. She also plans to give a boost to the entertainment and high-tech industries, so they stay in California." Carey also plans to provide more assistance to small businesses, so that they can recover from the economic fallout of Covid-19. Furthermore, she "wants to fight to get California’s fair share back from Washington. She also plans to address the homelessness issue by focusing on mental healthcare, affordable housing, and drug rehabilitation."

Those are large plans indeed and more focused than we have seen from other candidates like Caitlyn Jenner. Whether she will actually win though, remains to be seen. 

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