Former Ward 1 council member Jim Graham served for 16 years before losing his reelection bid in 2014. During his tenure, he frequently communicated with his constituents through neighborhood email lists, although he hasn’t posted much since he’s been out of office.
But it seems cabin fever brought on by the blizzard has set in for the former politician. He posted on 20 different Ward 1 email lists Monday night to promote an all-nude male adult show in the neighborhood Tuesday night.
“I now feel it is time for me to again engage, as a businessman and neighbor, with issues of concern to me in DC,” Graham wrote. “What I am about to say is obviously not for everyone — but I know there are many LGBTQ persons 21 and over who live in our area. Cabin fever is running very high. So I’m having a special NO admission charge on tomorrow Tuesday Jan. 26 for those persons who may enjoy such entertainment.”
For those who have been following Graham’s career, this posting shouldn’t be all that surprising. Since stepping off the dais, Graham has worked in marketing and event planning for an all-male nude strip club along Georgia Avenue NW called The House.
Graham typically organizes a weekly Sunday performance there called “Rock Hard” that has a $10 cover charge. Because of the snowstorm, he’s moving it to Tuesday and nixing the cover charge.
“It’s a wild card,” he said in an interview, guessing how many people would show up. “I bet a lot of people will walk.”
Graham said he also decided to write on the neighborhood email lists to check in with his former constituents: He talked about snow cleanup efforts and a substance abuse recovery program for homeless people that he’s involved with.
“When you serve for 16 years, there are lot of people who, of course, are happy to see me gone, but many people have said they miss me,” Graham said. “It was time for me to say, ‘Hey I’m still alive, I have opinions, and I’m still involved.’ ”
The former council member says his street is not yet plowed, and he will walk from his Adams Morgan home to The House for the 7 p.m. performance Tuesday.