Tampa Strip Clubs See Big Bucks In GOP Convention Hordes

HUFFINGTON POST

As the Gulf Coast waited for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Monday, strip club owners and “exotic” dancers in Tampa anticipated a windfall of ‘stimulus’ spending as the Republican National Convention gets underway.

The city that is home to the originator of the lap dance and has been called the strip club capital of the country, is geared up for an influx of randy Republicans.

Extra strippers have been hired. Delegate discounts have been offered. And patriotic decorations, like the GOP elephant logo posted at the entrance of the 2001 Odyssey strip joint, have been put in place. (HuffPost first reported on the efforts of Tampa strip clubs to get ready for the convention in 2011.)

“We’re amping up for it,” Todd Trause, manager of the 2001 Odyssey club, told theNew York Daily News. “We’ve got extra girls coming in. We’ve made sure to have everything in the best condition.”

Despite predictions that baudy business would be triple that of Super Bowl weekend, though, by Monday Tampa’s 20 or so “gentleman’s clubs” reported no bump in business.

“I’m sure it’s the hurricane,” said Vicki Baham, manager at Tampa’s most famous strip joint, Mons Venus, where owner Joe Redner introduced the lap dance. “People are freaking out about it.”

Still, strip club owners have placed ads encouraging Republican delegates “to party like a liberal,” says CNN.com. Not that that would be good for business. FULL ARTICLE