Thursday, October 01, 2009

Texas Led the Way until the Newt Changed His Mind

Owner of Dallas topless club The Lodge stripped of entrepreneur award | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News: "Dawn Rizos didn't need any formal recognition that The Lodge, one of the best-known gentlemen's clubs in Dallas, was a successful small business.

But when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's conservative group named her an 'Entrepreneur of the Year,' she was thrilled by the opportunity to accept the award in Washington and speak about ways to help small businesses.

That all changed, however, when Gingrich realized that The Lodge was a topless bar, not some other business in Virginia. He rescinded Rizos' invitation to a private dinner and returned the $5,000 donation she made to his group, American Solutions for Winning the Future."


Graham Powell said...

Hah, I used to eat at a restaurant called Mercado Juarez, which is RIGHT NEXT DOOR to The Lodge. And judging by (external) appearances, The Lodge is a converted office building.

Unknown said...

Just keep telling us you were at the Mercado Juarez and not next door. We'll believe you eventually.