Peter Kinder: This Weekend, You Can Meet Him in St. Louis

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Peter Kinder is making his first public appearance in St. Louis this weekend -- but we expect he'll be avoiding Verlin's (and the entire Metro East).
Embattled Lt. Governor Peter Kinder -- suddenly more famous for his brief appearance at a bar known for its pantsless parties and alleged wooing of a Penthouse Pet than his plans to take on Democratic Governor Jay Nixon next year -- is slated to make his first public appearance in St. Louis since scandal began swirling around him Tuesday.

Kinder is expected to be a banquet speaker at "Meet Me In St. Louis," a gathering of black conservatives affiliated with the group Move-On-Up.org. The gathering kicks off tonight at the Crown Plaza Hotel, near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Bridgeton.

A spokesman for Sarah Steelman, who is running for U.S. Senate, confirmed her attendance at the conference to Daily RFT this morning; she'll be speaking at tomorrow's banquet. Kinder's spokesman, Jared Craighead, has yet to return our call seeking comment.
But we hear there are a few reasons why candidates might not want to associate themselves with this event -- and we're not even talking about the presence of Mr. Pantsless Party himself.

No, the founder of Move-On-Up.org, Chris Arps, himself has a few skeletons in his closet.

As Daily RFT's Chad Garrison reported last year, Arps is a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to non-support of a child and was sentenced to jail time, though the sentence was suspended. And that's not all: He's also been sued three times by the Missouri Ethics Commission; in one case, the government agency got a default judgment against him.

And then there was that whole Kenneth Gladney thing -- the young man allegedly attacked by "union thugs." As Garrison reported,

Arps and move-on-up.org didn't have the smoothest of debuts last August when they became involved in an epic fail with Tea Party "patriot" Kenneth Gladney.
After Gladney, a black man, was allegedly beat up by union thugs outside health care forum, Arps paraded Gladney to the NAACP where he demanded to know why the civil-rights agency wasn't investigating the matter.
But, as Garrison reports, the NAACP then crashed Arps' press conference to set the record straight -- turns out no one had never asked the organization to investigate the incident. D'oh! (Gladney's attackers were recently found not guilty in municipal court; apparently, the jury simply didn't believe his claims.)

Arps' controversial record isn't stopping at least one big name from showing up at his shindig: Conference materials show that Andrew Breitbart is expected to be the speaker at tomorrow's luncheon.

Columnist Star Parker is also listed as a keynote speaker. Parker leads an organization that works to "address issues of race and poverty through principles of faith, freedom and personal responsibility." Its stated agenda: "protect unborn life, traditional mores, capitalism, parental rights and private property."

Traditional mores, we're sure, gibe nicely with patronage of strip clubs. And "parental rights" definitely fit right in with failing to pay child support. Parker, Arps and Kinder ought to have a lot to talk about out in Bridgeton, don't you think?

(For the record, we're also asking Kinder's spokesman for clarification after Kinder issued a vague statement last night, suggesting ex-stripper Tammy Chapman's "bizarre story" was "not true." Since we originally broke this story, we'd love to know what parts of it are supposedly not true. Is he saying he never met Chapman? Oh, wait -- we have a photo proving that's not true. Is he saying he was not a regular at Diamond Cabaret when she worked there? The UPI reports that, yes, Kinder acknowledged "frequently" visiting strip clubs as a state senator. So what isn't true? We'd love to know. In the mean time, Chapman is standing by her story, and we're standing by ours, too.)
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Kitty
Kitty

The scandal swirling around Kinder, to use  your words, was concocted by the RFT in an attempt to smear Kinder. What he allegedly did with the stripper was harmless and a very common and regular occurance of  thousands and thousands of men. And it allegedly took place 17 yrs ago when you were still in pigtails and braces. So, Sarah, round up some union thugs and take your bucket of mud and bash and  smear Kinder again on Saturday. Your'e pathetic.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

It strikes me what a supremely uncool thing Tammy Chapman did. I wouldn't reprint her tales out of school even about my worst enemy. Bars and clubs are private places. What happens there should stay there.

HWL
HWL

UP STLGAC!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

In theory, I'd like to force your face against your will into my crotchal area so you can get a nice long look at the throbbing boner underneath my sweatpants. You know, for some harmless fun.

Lord Byron
Lord Byron

Dear Kitty,

Please learn the definitions of "concocted" and "harmless" and "common" and "regular." Also, since you're such a fan, we will gladly pay you to be locked inside a soundproof concrete basement for a weekend with Kinder and a case of his preferred tipple, Smirnoff Ice. You can bring a dictionary for learning and self-defense.

Sincerely,Everyone

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Actually bars and clubs are sacrosanct for me. Even if I noticed Lyda Krewson, Barb Fraser and Pam Walker all smoking at a table in a small City bar on a girls' night out, I wouldn't reach for my IPhone.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Rape? Murder? Where do you draw the line.

LMAOat the idea that something is sacrosanct about behavior in clubs or bars. Bill, I'd bet you'd be the first to publish photos of politicians smoking in bars if they supported legislation to ban it. 

Kitty
Kitty

Anonymous:  Only in your dreams asshole. I'd have to bring my tweezers and magnifying glass to even see that infantile prick of yours. So you stay in the men's room at Dillards and keep jackin off over all those pissing men with big dicks you fantasize about.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I've never heard that about Dillard's. How'd you find out about it?

Just wondering
Just wondering

Does Kitty have an anger management problem?  And why does Kitty seem to think that every man who disagrees with her is underendowed?

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Kinder should never have been in East Side clubs or even certain bars if he wanted to run for higher public office. He took a lot of dumb chances and he lost big time.

Your Momma
Your Momma

As is demonstrated here? ... pretty obvious that whatever you do with your stripper - won't end up in the news. Yup. Obvious. 

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Patrons of bars and clubs have a pretty reasonable expectation that private conversations and interactions with bar/club staff won't be detailed on KMOX. I think that is pretty damn obvious.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Yes, he did. Just like the 'Family Values' conservatives that end up being proven to be gay, Kinder similarly pushes a certain agenda and has a public persona in his political life that is is in direct conflict with the way he behaves in private. 

Clients of strippers may think their secrets are safe, but, if so, they're misinformed. They aren't doctors/lawyers/priests and I, for one, think that's pretty damn obvious. 

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Did Kinder betray the public trust? I don't think so. But isn't there an implied trust between a dancer/bartender like Tammy and her patron that things said in the club or bar won't wind up on KMOX? 

Your Momma
Your Momma

Why is this laissez-faire limited to bars and clubs? I am libertarian as they come, but that is about legalities - not a no snitching policy. If a politician violates the public's trust, there is no privacy. 

Your position seems to be that there is a magic vacuum created by bars and clubs where anything consensual can never leave. Who made that rule and why is it valid?  

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

No, consent is everything. So rape and murder are out.

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