Stripper Trouble Muddies Missouri Race
Penthouse pet may derail bid by GOP Lt. Gov. Kinder for state's top job
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2011 3:52 AM CDT
Tammy Chapman says she encountered Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder at a gentleman’s club where she worked in the past, with Kinder regularly purchasing lap dances and seeking a relationship with her.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – When the people of Missouri choose a governor next year, they may need to ask themselves: Would you believe a man who says he stopped at a "pantless bar" just to use the bathroom? Peter Kinder, the state's Republican lieutenant governor, has been caught up in the latest "sexless sex scandal" after being snapped with former Penthouse pet Tammy Chapman at a St. Louis bar, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kinder says he only went to the bar to use the bathroom but lingered for a glass of wine and recognized Chapman from visits to strip clubs in the '90s, when he was a state senator.

Kinder, considered to be the GOP's best hope for unseating Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, says he saw Chapman 10 times or so when he was younger, and that his attraction to her was innocent. She claims he was obsessed with her and she cut off all contact after he became aggressive. "As a young single man, 17 years ago, I made a foolish choice," says Kinder, who is now 57. Some of his fellow Republicans aren't buying the youth excuse. "I am sorry, but the price of cavorting with Penthouse Pets in your 40s is that you don’t get to be governor of a Bible Belt state in your 50s," says GOP committeeman Tim Garrison, who has withdrawn his support for Kinder.