Strip Clubs Included in Guide for Massachusetts Democratic Convention Delegates

Today in the Cries & Whispers column of the Sunday Republican:

Democrats in Massachusetts are a liberal bunch, but did they go too far by listing two “adult entertainment” spots in downtown Springfield in their official “delegate guide” for the state Democratic convention held on June 6?

The guide directed delegates to two strip clubs – the Mardi Gras at 91 Taylor St. and the “Gentlemen’s Club” at Center Stage, 265 Dwight St.

The guide made no mention that on Jan. 21 a man was charged with murder after shooting a 22-year-old man in the head as he sat at the bar in the Mardi Gras.

See also:

Springfield Republican: “Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says strip club killing gives city a ‘black eye'” (6/1/09)

Republican: “1 dead, 5 seriously injured in shooting rampage at Springfield strip club” (5/31/09)

Springfield Republican: “Man fatally shot inside strip bar” (1/22/09)
…a 22-year-old man was shot in the head while sitting at the bar at the Mardi Gras strip club downtown…

said Colon [the victim] had been involved in a “verbal and physical
altercation with several other subjects” in the Mardi Gras about 20
minutes prior to being killed…

[Sgt. John] Delaney said police
records show police have been called to the Mardi Gras a total of 30
times during business hours since July 1 and another 14 times
after-hours for alarm activations…

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So there you have it, no need to feel guilty, it’s one of life’s small escapes, the last bastion of the male domain, enjoy it!

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