Finally, a Christmas story we can all get behind!
It's been awhile since one of America's fabulous, self-loathing, Republican closet cases accidentally outed himself by getting caught in some secret gay sexytime scandal (we're talking months here!), until a dandy Southern gent/failed Congressional candidate/wingnut mayor of Southaven, Mississippi by the name of Greg Davis forgot about a little thing called cash (and public records!) and decided to go on his wild, taxpayer-funded $170,000 shopping spree in booze, fancy meals, and gay sex shops in Canada using his very traceable, very public, city-issued credit card.
The sexytime freebies lasted until a bunch of lame, fun-hating auditors noticed there were, uh, five hundred pages of receipts for the mayor’s extracurricular activities and decided to have a look-see at his credit card expenditures. Uh Oh! Umm, yeah let's try this again, meet Greg Davis, the formerly-closeted gay, formerly-employed former mayor who has never heard of cash or considered that purchasing frivolous fish dinners and frisky sex toys on the public dime is still a crime, albeit a slightly embarrassing one.
From the Commercial Appeal newspaper:
“At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case,” Davis said at his Southaven home. “While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual [Ed note: Huh?] — and still continue to be a very conservative individual — I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay.”Which pales in comparison to the struggles he's had over the realization that he's also a generous tipper, which breaks the GOP (Gay One Percenters') cardinal rule of treating other people in the exact opposite way as you'd want to be treated yourself.
"[D]uring a dinner for legislators and attorneys at the Mint Restaurant in Ridgeland, Miss., Davis left a $1,000 tip on a $2,509.43 bill that included two bottles of Opus One wine for $415 each."OMG, so not only is Greg Davis a total homo, but he's also doling out huge tips to the servers of his fancy meals, like some one-man bleeding-heart liberal secret welfare program for America's beleaguered food service industry workers?
Ugh, what's next, charity work for the poor or something gross like that?
The auditor's office confirmed that Davis billed the city for the $67 purchase at Priape, which describes itself on its website as "Canada's premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop."And also because of the replica Ron Jeremy Dong in his mouth.
As for the receipts, Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a conservative, family-values platform, said he couldn’t discuss specifics on the advice of his attorney.
But don't worry, Mr. Mayor. It gets better!
After all, prison couldn't really be worse than Mississippi could it?
[image via AP]