As the person who works the Christian Right beat for Tikkun Daily, I am very accustomed to reading about how morally superior the Republican Party is and how much they support “family values.” Thus, it was a bit of a shock to see this headline in the local paper, when I was visiting my family in Florida: “Adult Clubs Prepare for RNC.”

I am very glad I brought a copy of the article home with me because for some reason, it is not available on the Sarasota Herald Tribune‘s website, although one “letter to the editor” mentions it.

Across the Tampa Bay region, many of the estimated 50 strip establishments are upgrading lighting, hiring dancers and creating private nooks to cash in on some of the 50,000 visitors expected for the GOP convention. Long one of Tampa’s signature industries, strip clubs are preparing for the RNC as earnestly as the city has been repairing bridges, repaving streets and planting park benches downtown….

“The only thing the adult club owners and me can compare it to is the Super Bowl — except that it’s five time bigger,” said Paul Allen, publisher of Night Moves adult business trade magazine. … “What do you think they are going to be doing at night? You can only eat so many steak dinners.”

I guess that is one way to boost the local economy.


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