The GOP convention is an important event for the politicians involved, the party in general and the convention. It is also really important for the stripping community of Tampa. It is a huge business opportunity and a confirmation of every dirty old man stereotype. Strip clubs are counting on the GOP convention to ‘make it rain’ for a whole week, according to an extremely long and detailed article on Republicans and their affection for strip clubs on CNN. But the impending hurricane as well as strict warnings and adviser bans for members of the GOP could turn that rain into a drizzle.
The GOP usually means great business for strippers, much more than the Dems. Republicans are likely to outspend Democrats heavily at topless bars and strip clubs, says Angelina Spencer. She heads the Association of Club Executives, an organization for the nation’s 4,000 “gentleman’s club” owners. The group talked to members in the host cities of past conventions. “When we compared spending,” Spencer told CNN, “the average showed Republicans spending $150 per person at an adult club, versus Democrats, who averaged $50 a person.” Many clubs have taken out ads inviting GOP delegates “to party like a liberal” in a city where the “poles are open all night.” City officials say the convention, expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors, could be Tampa’s biggest party ever. Many clubs in the areas are ramping up stages with new construction, hiring more dancers and adding VIP rooms.
Lisa Ann of Hustler’s “Nailin’ Paylin” videos — has been signed for a “stimulating keynote undress” at Thee DollHouse. She played Serra Paylin in adult films and is a dead ringer for the former VP candidate. “I’ll be getting topless,” Lisa Ann told CNN. “You betcha I’m excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” She says she’s an Obama supporter but is grateful to Alaska’s former governor for the career boost. She adds that her politics tend to be liberal on most issues — except for guns.
However, so far business has been slow. Vicki Baham, manager at the Mons Venus strip club, blamed Tropical Storm Isaac for the slow weekend. “I’m sure it’s the hurricane,” she told HispanicBusiness.com. “People are freaking out about it.” A dancer with the stage name Brandy said Saturday night, “I think it’s the quiet before the storm.”I hope so Brandy. I hope it is.