Dems Demand Explanation from Peter Kinder

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The Lt. Gov is allegedly so bad, Werner Herzog should make a movie about him!
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder still hasn't gotten back to us with any sort of denial, rebuttal or explanation for the allegations coming from ex-stripper Tammy Chapman, who told Daily RFT that the Republican offered to move her into his campaign-financed condo and creeped her out by being overly aggressive with her in her days as an "entertainer."

And now it's not just the Riverfront Times wanting to know what's up with Kinder. The Missouri Democratic Party is jumping on Chapman's story.

In a press release issued this morning, the party "is calling on Lt. Governor Kinder to provide a complete, honest explanation to the people of Missouri."

Kinder, a Tea Party favorite, was widely believed to be mounting a challenge to Governor Jay Nixon in next year's race. Yet there's been no on-the-record explanation or statement from the Kinder campaign on the matter -- he hasn't been talking to anyone. (Yesterday, his campaign declined repeated requests from the Kansas City Star, the newspaper reports.) We hear through the media grapevine that his people are saying he intends to sue us. Which, frankly, seems a little odd to us: You'd think he'd at least issue a denial first. We've been waiting by the phone for more than 48 hours.

And while other media outlets initially seemed cowed by those threats -- who wants to deal with a lawsuit in this economy? -- they seem to be coming around. Yesterday, KMOX (1120 AM) aired a lengthy interview with Chapman, in which she apparently told reporter Kevin Killeen the same story she told us.

In the comment section of our story, and in a whisper campaign that has even reached the Delmar Loop, we're hearing that Kinder's people say this whole thing was hit job, carefully orchestrated by his Democratic enemies.

But from our vantage point, at least, that seems to defy explanation. After all, the whole sordid tale began unfolding last Thursday, when we jokingly published a photo of Kinder "pressing the flesh" at a St. Louis bar. We (honestly!) had no idea that the bar, Verlin's, was known for its "pantsless parties," in which bartenders sling drinks in their panties. Or that he was posing with a former "Penthouse pet of the month" -- or that the "pet," now a 39-year-old, openly gay bartender, would be interested in sharing her story when we tracked her down. We just thought the picture was moderately amusing.

Really, the only reason any of this came to light is because RFT readers are such barflies, they almost immediately recognized the bar -- and the bartender. The GOP may want to claim this was an organized effort, but it looks a whole lot more like that new-fangled "crowd sourcing" thing to us.

In the mean time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is one of the few local outlets not touching the story. It's now been covered by the Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio, the local NPR affiliate.

UPDATE: A few hours after the Democratic Party issued its press release, Kinder did finally make a response (kind of). You can read all about that here.

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Retnan
Retnan

Imagine if Kinder were a Black democrat. It would then be racist to criticize him for liking girls.

Greg202020
Greg202020

She looks like Valdemort with lipstick on.  

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Chad or Sarah, can something be done about deleting these asshole posts?!

Devon
Devon

I think this entire Kinder story will blow over. 

Bill, you may not agree or like or approve of what other people post, but at this point, I cannot see how you referring to people as assholes or the "hang them" comment is any better than what they originally said.  If you find people's comments offensive,  then you should rise above them not join them.

Alan
Alan

Didn't she sit on his lap about 20 years ago????  I'm guessing he went into the bar,  recognized her now saggy boobs and funky crotch, and said "hey, I remember you, how are ya:",  gave the courtesy hug and someone snapped a picture.    I find it hard to believe that given her previous profession,  out of the thousands of men who gave her money to sit on their lap,  she remembered that this one person did whatever.   Sorry but when you go from someone who put their puss out there for everyone to look at on a daily basis for money and in a magazine to a bartender who looks like a man,   perhaps a lack of self esteem or lack of good judgement has clouded her memory.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

I tend to side with Kinder, but God, this post is really a vicious lie.

Brian M.
Brian M.

Sonia; if there is no conspiring here, how did the RFT get the pictures?

Sonia Zuroweste Wagner
Sonia Zuroweste Wagner

The fact that Kinder is trying to say this is a political conspiracy against him is probably THE most ridiculous part of the story, which is ridiculous to begin with.

Jake V.
Jake V.

So all it takes is one bartender to snap a photo with a politician and then tell a story that makes him look bad to get into the media?  

I hope Mervin's or wherever she works gives her a raise, cause this riduculous story is gettin them all sorts of business.  I mean, who doesn't want to find out what a "pantless party" is all about?  

HWL
HWL

"Really, the only reason any of this came to light is because RFT readers are such barflies, they almost immediately recognized the bar -- and the bartender. The GOP may want to claim this was an organized effort, but it looks a whole lot more like that new-fangled "crowd sourcing" thing to us"

It was me - Henry Wadsworth Longhurl (HWL) that enlightened the RFT on the identity of Tammy Chapman, thus allowing you muckrakers to hand out dozens of additional free papers.

UP STLGAC!!!

Brian M.
Brian M.

The key word being "if he did", Craig. Do we have any evidence at all that this woman's claims are at all true? All we know is a single man went into a bar and hd his picture taken with a woman, and that picture, through some means, wound up in the hands of a reporter for a liberal publication. Those are the only provable facts in this whole story. Are the Democrats really THIS desperate for Jay Nixon to keep his job??!

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

Are the Republicans/Tea Baggers so desperate to defeat Jay Nixon that they want to cover up a story of a dude that likes titty clubs and titty dancers? What the fuck is so wrong with a little titty club action that would make soccer moms and right-to-lifers vote against a club patron? I fail to see the indignation and outrage over some damn titties.

Anonymous
Anonymous

By the way, whoever shooped that graphic deserves some recognition. Nice work.

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

Funniest part to me is this: if dude was a Democrat running for office he could say "hells yea I was all up in the titty clubs, so what's the damn problem?"  But dude is a Republican/Tea Party guy so he must deny the VIP Room rumors and threaten to sue if in-state media don't cock block the story. Life's a bitch.

Brian M.
Brian M.

What is he supposed to explain exactly? "I'm a single guy that likes hanging out at bars and talking to women."  Who cares?!

Anonymous
Anonymous

He's just like you and me; he wakes up in the morning and puts on one diamond-studded cockring at a time.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Google Tammy Chapman STL and you find that she is listed as living with a Democrat who ran against Jim Talent.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

I think Kinder is smart not to reply. He would also be smart not to sue either. All he is up against now are tales told out of school by a stripper/bartender. If he lets this go, it will go away.

Lord Byron
Lord Byron

If Tammy Chapman's former life as a Penthouse Pet and her lap-dancing saga with Kinder should remind us of anything, it's that the most important cultural innovation of the 1990s was, indeed, a shaved pussy. 

Ryan
Ryan

Hate to say it but I'm not familiar with Kinder. With that being said, if he is single and she is over 18, who really cares.  It doesn't seems like a weiner-gate, clinton/blue dress, or wu incident to me. Besides his condo being paid for by his campaign,  I just don't get what the big deal is.

Craig Mayhem
Craig Mayhem

That is the big deal. AFAIK libs/dems/etc. don't really care about his personal life. If he did offer to put her up in a *taxpayer-funded condo it is indeed a 'big deal', though. *EDIT: campaign-funded

Anonymous
Anonymous

Need to point out that his condo is paid by his campaign and not taxpayers. Still doesn't explain his questionably-lavish taxpayer-funded non-state-business hotel stays, meals and tips.

Craig Mayhem
Craig Mayhem

You're right! Even so, I believe that would qualify as a 'big deal'

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