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.
Peter Kinder is currently lieutenant governor under a Democrat; he's the only Republican to challenge so far. When the Riverfront Times published a recent photo of Chapman and Kinder in a "pantsless bar," his spokesman had the following unconvincing response: "I really highly doubt the lieutenant governor is going to a bar where they don't wear pants on a night when they don't wear pants. Peter Kinder cannot be the only male elected official, Republican or otherwise, who has visited a strip club, so the ensuing uproar among Republicans is a matter of extreme hypocrisy. But however you feel about men in public life and sex work, it's undeniable that by Chapman's account, Kinder is a creepy jerk.
Kinder denied this account of the recent encounter. -"'My what lovely scenery, cupid's own machinery,'" Kinder said, quoting [Dean Martin] lyrics. Peter Kinder, the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, is at the center of racy allegations.
St Louis area stripper Tammy Chapman says that Kinder pursued an inappropriate relationship with her, and was a regular at a local strip bar.
Kinder is a single man, but as a Tea Party-backed political, the revelations do little to endear him to that conservative group.