Perhaps no industry geared up for the Republican National Convention like Tampa's strip club scene. Clubs redecorated, added extra privacy, revamped their food menus, and even brought in famous talent. Yet, on Sunday night at least, the clubs seemed pretty barren ahead of the start of the convention.
Strippers and club promoters had hoped that the week would be three times as profitable as a Super Bowl weekend, which were some pretty lofty expectations.
Yet, last night The Tampa Bay Times' Justin George hit the clubs and found a whole lot of emptiness.
"The girls are frustrated," a stripper only known as Jill told the paper. "When you come to Tampa, everyone knows the Mons Venus is the No. 1 strip club. So where is everyone? What is everyone doing? Are they sleeping? Republicans have money."
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Though, at least one strip club, a door worker says a lot of the IDs she checked last night and this weekend were from D.C., Virginia and Maryland, which would suggest a bit of a government-related presence.
George also reports that Sarah Palin-porn doppelganger Lisa Ann attracted a decent crowd during her first performance of the week.
Perhaps there's hope yet, ladies. Just let this storm blow over, and let these delegates get all hot and bothered after watching a few days worth of sexy, sexy talk about tax reform and border control before you write the week off as a bust.