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‘Embattled.’ IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted on | December 16, 2011 | 7 Comments

Shortly after reporters begin to call a politician “embattled,” it’s usually not long before he announces he needs to “spend more time with his family.” See if you can figure out why this particular politician became “embattled” recently:

Receipts from embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis reveal . . .

Uh-oh. “Reveal” – if you’re a politician, you know you’re in trouble when they use that word.

. . . that he had the city pay for wide-ranging expenses . . .

Well, OK: “Expenses.” I’m sure these were entirely legitimate expenses. But what does “wide-ranging” mean?

. . . including thousands of dollars worth of liquor, expensive dinners at a local restaurant . . .

No harm, no foul.  The mayor was probably entertaining VIPs –businessmen who might want to locate their next factory in Southhaven. “Economic development,” etc. I’m sure it’s legit, but if the citizens object, Mayor  Davis can just reimburse those expenses to make everything hunky-dory.

. . . and a visit to an adult store catering to gay men while on a recruitment trip to Canada.


Might be kind of a problem there. Because this guy’s the mayor of Southaven, which isn’t in Connecticut and isn’t a suburb of New York. It’s in northern Mississippi and is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee:

Davis conceded publicly for the first time in an interview with [the Memphis Commercial Appeal] that he is gay and has struggled to keep the issue from affecting his public life as mayor of Mississippi’s third-largest city.
“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 Thursday afternoon at his Southaven home. “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.”

Yeah. He “came to the realization” only after he got himself elected mayor. I’m sure Davis never had the slightest inkling or suspicion that he might be sexually attracted to men until “the last few years.” But never mind when it was that the mayor first “came to the realization” about all this. Because I’m sure the voters in Southaven will be forgiving toward this liberal Democrat.

. . . Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a conservative, family-values platform . . .


Davis spent thousands of dollars at the Mesquite Chop House in Southaven and thousands more at local liquor stores. Also included in the receipts is a charge for $67 at Priape, a store in Toronto that is described by its website as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”
Davis said he didn’t remember what he bought at the store . . .

Look, I can’t imagine what that $67 was about, but couldn’t the mayor have at least bought this stuff at an American store?

Because they sell everything at Amazon. IYKWIMAITYD.

And, finally:

“I had already planned to take off and spend time with my family over the holidays,” Davis said.

Some things are entirely predictable. NTTAWWT.



7 Responses to “‘Embattled.’ IYKWIMAITYD.”

  1. Joe
    December 16th, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    I am going to guess, if he has a wife, his family does not want to spend a lot with him right now.

  2. Bob Belvedere
    December 16th, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    …as a very conservative, progressive individual…

    Huh?!?  What the Tango Foxtrot is that?

  3. richard mcenroe
    December 16th, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    I don’t give a damn whether he backs up the old plumbing or not; whether he was honest with his voters is up to them to decide…

    but I agree… WTF is “conservative, progressive?” Doctrinaire Leninist, Stalinist, Maoist, Green?

  4. Rose
    December 16th, 2011 @ 11:52 pm


  5. jwallin
    December 17th, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    Sounds like he didn’t “struggle” enough.

    When you spend the taxpayer’s dime to indulge yourself, you’re beyond the bounds of normal (and legal) behavior.

  6. The Wondering Jew
    December 17th, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    I feel terrible for his family. Why should his wife and three daughters have to suffer humiliation for this? As soon as he recognized he ways gay, he needed to either be honest about that with voters or leave public life.

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