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Right-Wing Mayor’s Family-Values Platform Foiled By Pesky Gay Sex Shop Receipts

Everyone’s heard stories of friends outed by the usual suspects: protein-stained Men’s Health magazines, poorly concealed gay porn files and telltale santorum on the bedsheets. But Southaven, MS, mayor Greg Davis’ coming-out tale may be the strangest of all—it happened when state auditors were looking to deduct proper expenses from the $170,000 they say Davis owes.

The Memphis, TN-based Commercial Appeal reports that “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.’ ”

Oh, Priape! Greek for penis—such a cute name. Love their selection of anal beads!

This would’ve been an embarrassing reveal even for an openly gay mayor, but it seems that Davis campaigned on that whole family-values thing in an unsuccessful 2008 Congress bid. The  Appeal even squeezed a confession out of the embattled Republican.

“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.”

Lesson to be learned here, political officials: don’t spend the public dime on sexytime accoutrements.