Sex Store Purchase Leads to Mayor’s Outing
It was recently discovered that Mayor Greg Davis (R) of Southaven, Miss., spent taxpayers’ money on a number of unnecessary and unapproved expenses, which included thousands of dollars of liquor, expensive meals at a local restaurant and a purchase from a gay sex store, reported the Commercial Appeal in a Dec. 16 article.
Southaven is the state’s third largest city and is a neighboring city and suburb of Memphis, Tenn.
State auditors gave Davis’ expense receipts to Southaven’s aldermen and details of his purchase began to surface on Thursday. The politician told the newspaper in an interview that he is gay and has had a difficult time keeping the issue from impacting his job as mayor of Southaven.
"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 told 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," he said.
The Republican ran for Congress in 2008, promoting family-values but was not elected.
State auditors obtained the receipts hoping to reduce the $170,000 that Davis owes. The auditors found the purchase to be "improper charges to both his city-issued and personal credit cards." In addition, the auditors asked city aldermen to look over the expense receipts "before making a decision on accepting them to reduce Davis’ payments," the newspaper wrote. Davis has already paid back $96,000.
The Commercial Appeal obtained the receipts under a Freedom of Information request and claims that Davis spent "thousands of dollars at the Mesquite Chop House in Southaven and thousands more at local liquor stores."
According to the receipts, Davis charged $67 at a gay sex store in Toronto called Priape. He visited the Canadian city on a recruitment trip with Mid-South warehouse developers. The politician claims he does not remember what he purchased at Priape.