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Opponent Accuses Senator Of Frequenting Strip Club
WJXT Jacksonville ^ | July 27, 2006 | Emily Pantelides

Posted on 07/30/2006 10:55:12 AM PDT by eartotheground

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than a month before the start of the Florida primary, one race to watch is the battle for the Republican nomination for Jacksonville's Senate seat.

The latest skirmish has candidate Randall Terry accusing incumbent Jim King of having the backing of a bikini bar.

Terry, 46, who has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach for three years, will run against King in the heavily Republican district that stretches from Duval County to northern Volusia County.

In a move Terry called disappointing and sad, Gov. Jeb Bush publicly announced Wednesday that he is endorsing King.

King has served in the Legislature since 1986, which was the last time he had a primary opponent. He was Senate president in 2003 and 2004.

Terry recently struck back, accusing King of taking contributions from a Jacksonville gentlemen's club called Wackos.

"He (King) offered money to see private parts and to see more than what I was showing," said a woman who said she used to be a dancer at Wackos.

She's not the only former Wackos employee who allegedly saw King at the bikini bar.

"I was there when he was there. There's no mistake in it. I've seen him there," said a former Wackos disc jockey.

The person who brought the former dancer and disc jockey to light was none other than King's opponent -- Terry.

"He will lie to the public and try to position himself as a family-values Republican," Terry said.

He said not only does King frequent the club, but that King has also been accepting political contributions from it.

"He knew, and now he's trying to lie his way out of it," Terry said.

When confronted about the allegations against him, King turned the accusations back on his opponent.

"When we got the check, I looked at the sheet where it said list employer and it said bar and grill. Well, how do I know? Randall must frequent some of those places, I guess," King said.

After learning that Terry had provided the media with a dancer and a disc jockey from Wackos, his campaign said: "These allegations are patently not true. This is a desperate reaction by a desperate campaign. Clearly, he (Terry) is doing this because he didn't get the governor's endorsement. This should prove to the voters what type of man Randall Terry is to counter that."

To counter the campaign statement, Terry said he's the type of man who tells the truth.

"This is critical because it goes to the core of a man and what he will do legislatively," Terry said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: election2006; florida; king; righttodie; righttolife; rino; schiavo; schindler; senate; terri; terry

1 posted on 07/30/2006 10:55:13 AM PDT by eartotheground
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To: eartotheground
Does this smell of fear or of smear?
2 posted on 07/30/2006 10:56:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist)
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To: eartotheground

Randall Terry is bad news . It doesn't surprise me that he would stoop to this level .


3 posted on 07/30/2006 10:57:50 AM PDT by FRONTLINER (McBride for Senate and Crist for Governor ! True Conservatives who can win in '06 !)
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To: eartotheground

This is outrageous! He should be hiring expensive hookers that frequent the Radisson and Marriott like the other politicians!


4 posted on 07/30/2006 10:58:02 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: eartotheground
and he denies it.

I certainly would never vote for a man who denies going to nudie bars.

I suggest everybody in this district write in 'Al Bundy'.

5 posted on 07/30/2006 10:58:39 AM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: eartotheground

I love the parade of disgruntled former employees they have as witnesses. Dangle an envelope with a few crisp $100 bills in front of an unemployed stripper or disc jockey and they'll say anything.


6 posted on 07/30/2006 11:01:29 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: eartotheground

FL has great weather and no state income tax but after that there is so much crap.


7 posted on 07/30/2006 11:02:13 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: eartotheground

>>"He (King) offered money to see private parts and to see more than what I was showing," said a woman who said she used to be a dancer at Wackos.<<

That sounds like it could describe a table dance... If that is upsetting Terry, he may be a touch too uptight for public office.


8 posted on 07/30/2006 11:03:29 AM PDT by gondramB (Named must your fear be before banish it you can.)
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To: eartotheground

I don't know about Jacksonville in particular, but strip clubs in Florida are a dime a dozen. This type of news may shake up someone in a more pristine environment, but FL has tons of strip clubs and topless bars. It's not that big a deal, IMHO.

I remember Randall Terry from his anti-abortion 'antics.' I think he sets himself up to be a bit too 'righteous.' He seems a little off his rocker. Just my two cents.


9 posted on 07/30/2006 11:04:43 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: NonValueAdded
It's smear.

.Randall Terry has no room to talk of family values!!!

I wouldn't vote for him dog catcher....

(unfortunately there was a day, years ago, when I wouldn't have said this, so you can see how deeply disappointed I am in this man)

10 posted on 07/30/2006 11:09:32 AM PDT by Guenevere (Israel, our friend and ally.....God bless her.)
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To: bmwcyle
Oh come on, my friend...you could say this about every state....

..Let's not start in on Florida.

11 posted on 07/30/2006 11:11:08 AM PDT by Guenevere (Israel, our friend and ally.....God bless her.)
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To: Guenevere

I'm right with you.

I'm sick of people like Randall Terry.


12 posted on 07/30/2006 11:13:22 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: FRONTLINER
It doesn't surprise me that he would stoop to this level .

I worked for Barbara Boxer.

-PJ

13 posted on 07/30/2006 11:18:08 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Dangle an envelope with a few crisp $100 bills in front of an unemployed stripper or disc jockey and they'll say anything.

And yet if they were saying this about a dem, there would be little doubt expressed about this behavior. Go figure.

14 posted on 07/30/2006 11:23:46 AM PDT by itsahoot (The home of the Free, Because of the Brave (Shamelessly stolen from a Marine)
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To: Political Junkie Too

That was 1992.

The world, kinda changed in this area, really quickly and suddenly.

In any case, I don't care and I don't see why any voter should care. These days, I'm just happy when my politicians aren't running around with call boys.


15 posted on 07/30/2006 11:24:37 AM PDT by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

What a dope King is. He could get young interns to come to his office and strip for free, like former President Clinton did.


16 posted on 07/30/2006 12:22:39 PM PDT by Palladin (The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?)
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To: Howlin

amen brother and is suspect there is a lot less to this than meets the eye - at least where king is concerned... i wonder how many keyes & simcox consultants the terry campaign is using.


17 posted on 07/30/2006 2:51:18 PM PDT by PDR
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To: PDR

Plenty.


18 posted on 07/30/2006 2:57:16 PM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: eartotheground

I thought frequenting strip bars was a prerequisite for being in the Senate.


19 posted on 07/30/2006 2:58:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NonValueAdded

King is bad news, a man I would never trust who keeps some creepy company.


20 posted on 07/30/2006 3:00:42 PM PDT by Jane Austen
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To: eartotheground

Character does matter. Any politicians who hangs out with strippers is either corrupt or stupid.


21 posted on 07/30/2006 3:04:32 PM PDT by Jane Austen
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To: Jane Austen

Oh, lighten up.


22 posted on 07/30/2006 3:45:44 PM PDT by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: eartotheground

Strip clubs in Jacksonville are hellish places, bunch of poor slobs drinking Bud out of cans, tipping dollar bills to some not very pretty ditz in a big bikini .

They don't take off their clothes.


23 posted on 07/30/2006 3:55:07 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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