TAMPA — Lisa Ann is pro-guns, but anti-hunting. She’s all in favor of gay marriage and wants to save Obamacare. But don’t ask her about the economy; it’s not really her issue. Her business is porn, and that, she says, is “a pretty recession-proof industry.”
“I paid more taxes than Romney last year,” the adult-film thespian, renowned for a resemblance to Sarah Palin, claimed to the reporters filling her news conference Saturday at the upscale topless club known as Thee DollHouse.
Hey, give them a break. Two days before the official kickoff of the Republican National Convention, with festivities dampened or delayed by Tropical Storm Isaac, there was little else for mobs of journalists to focus on than Tampa’s legendary strip clubs, reports our Reliable Source emerita colleague Annie Groer.
Asked about the potential economic impact of the convention, club managers happily turned into quote machines. Todd Trause, of 2001 Odyssey, showed off his club’s high-tech toys — a members-only webcam that lets clients chat up dancers (“like a social network, like a Facebook”), and an ATM-like “Make It Rain” machine that allows patrons to shower the ladies in dollar bills via credit or debit. Out back, there was a large white tent to cloak the arrival of any camera-shy VIPs. Many dancers around town, though, refused interview requests, citing a desire to keep loved ones in the dark about their jobs or a visceral distaste for politics.
Fortunately, Thee DollHouse had flown Lisa Ann in for a two-night stripping gig — and she was happy to talk.
The 40-year-old porn queen was launched to fame in 2008 via the Hustler Video flick “Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?” and, ever since, she’s capitalized on the you-betcha thing.
In a skin-tight gray jacket over a black bustier (36DD, if you were wondering), a classic updo and specs, the Democrat demonstrated the signature Palin wave and flirty wink for reporters. She professed to be a big fan of the former Alaska governor. But “I don’t think she’s as thrilled with me as I am with her.” And let us just stipulate that of course it’s terribly offensive that Tampa’s fleshpots have not given us a Joe Biden or Paul Ryan doppelganger. While Tampa was the setting for the male stripper epic “Magic Mike,” there are currently no such women-oriented clubs in town, reports Groer.
Behind the shtick, Lisa Ann had a serious message, calling for legislation that would require condom use in hetero porn flicks (it’s already mandatory in gay porn) and questioning the standards of syphilis treatment for actors by industry doctors.
Would she ever consider public office? “I think I would have to get my boobs reduced if I ran,” she said. And then she personally inscribed a pile of Hustler head shots for reporters.
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(An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Todd Trause, a manger of 2001 Odyssey, as a club owner.)