Republican mayor spent city money in gay adult store

Mayor comes out after receipts show he spent money in gay adult store

Republican mayor spent city money in gay adult store
17 December 2011

Southaven, Mississippi's third largest city, has a gay mayor. Greg Davis was forced to come out this past week after receipts showed he asked the city to pay for multiple expenses, including a purchase at a gay adult store.

"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 to the Commercial Appeal. "While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual — 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."

The revelation came during an audit of the mayor's expense account. According to the newspaper Davis had the city pay for expensive dinners at a local restaurant, thousands of dollars of liquor, and $67 at at Priape, a gay adult store in Toronto. Davis was in Canada on a recruitment trip.

The embattled Republican, who  has been mayor since 1997, is under investigation for $170,000 in dubious expenses. Another Commercial Appeal article shows Davis to be a profligate tipper. Last June, for a $37.88 meal — grilled fish and a martini — he left the waiter a $100 tip.

As of now, he has no intention of stepping down.

"At this point, my goal is to ensure that for the next year and a half that the city continues to grow," he said. "I will evaluate whether I will run again as mayor at a later time."

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