Charles G. “Greg” Davis (Mayor, ShoppingSpree, Miss.)

Greg DavisClaims to fame: Mayor, Southaven, Mississippi; conservative “family values” Republican; 2008 Republican nominee, U.S. Congress; former state representative; civil engineer; husband; father; closet homo; gay-porn-shop customer (which also makes him a biblical, lust-in-one’s-heart adulterer, per Romans 1:23-25); suspected thief

Moral apex: Enabling the virulently anti-gay Republican Party while hiding in the closet until he was forced out… and then continuing to enable the virulently anti-gay Republican Party.

How was he outed? Through his own stupidity; he thought nobody would find out about his $67 purchase at a well-known sex-toy retailer in Canada (Priape in Toronto, if you’d like to give them your business) which caters primarily to gay men.

What’s more: He used his city-issued credit card to pay for some (most?) of the total $170,000 he spent (for, among other things besides the sex-shop visit, “wide-ranging expenses including thousands of dollars worth of liquor, [and] expensive dinners at a local restaurant”) on his little jaunt (supposedly a “recruitment trip” to lure businesses to Mississippi) — triggering a criminal investigation.

What’s more: “Already the target of an FBI probe for abusing a travel and entertainment account with the city, Southaven Mayor Greg Davis also was charging large sums to the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, according to an investigation by The Commercial Appeal. The newspaper found the chamber reimbursed Davis for as much as $48,000 in one year alone for expenses incurred while promoting the city to prospective businesses. Precisely how much Davis received from the chamber is unclear. …” (Commercial Appeal)

So, back to The Gay Thing… Did he actually ‘fess up, or did everybody just assume he was gay because he made a purchase at a gay sex shop? Oh, he ‘fessed up, all right. When The Commercial Appeal got hold of Davis’s expense receipts, the paper sat down for a “frank” chat with the mayor, who admitted:

“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. 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. …

“The only apology I would make to my supporters if they are upset is the fact that I was not honest enough with myself to be honest with them. But I have lived my life in public service for 20-plus years, and in order for me to remain sane and move on, I have got to start being honest about who I am.”

So, by coming clean about being gay, he’s redeemed himself… right? Nope. As long as he’s a Republican, and continues to support the GOP platform, he’s hurting himself, and, worse, every LGBT person in America.

So, after all this, he’s still mayor of Southaven? For the time being. He hasn’t decided whether he’ll resign (implying that a decision depends on the outcome of the audit of his travel expenses), although the town’s aldermen definitely want him to go (and to give up his $140K-a-year salary).

What’ll he do if he leaves office? Well, he’s got his civil-engineering degree to fall back on — and since he’s out now, he could always become a hairdresser.

Hey, that’s a really homophobic remark! Is it? Greggy’s own (opposite-genital) wife says he’s a fabulous hairdresser. In fact— oh, let’s just do a memorable quote, which reveals plenty of other interesting stuff about Greg’s life, in addition to his hairdressing skills…

Memorable quote from Greg’s 2009 campaign website, www.mayorgregdavis.com:

Fath and Family

Greg and Suzann will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary this June. The two met in the spring of 1988 at Mississippi State University. A campaign actually brought the couple together. “Greg was running for Student Body President, and I told a friend I would help. Little did I know that she would be sent home with pneumonia, and I would become the Freshman Chair of his campaign! I was instantly impressed with his values, character and concern for the University students. I didn’t know a lot about him at first, but my first impression still holds true today— people either completely love him or totally disagree with him; but everyone respects him. If you asked a question you knew you were going to get an honest answer, not what was politically correct at the time”, Suzann states.

The couple married at First Christian Church in Columbus, MS, Suzann’s hometown. The preacher who married Greg’s parents, along with Suzann’s lifelong preacher, united the couple June 1, 1991.

Almost 18 years, 3 children, and a few moves around Southaven, you can find Greg and Suzann happily married and living on Davis Road between both their parents. The Davis household, complete with 6 dogs and 2 cats, is always eventful. “Greg is a wonderful husband and girl-daddy,” Suzann says, “he can fix a broken toilet —- and do one of the best ponytails you have ever seen!”

Greg, Suzann, and the girls are charter members of Heartland Church on Stateline Road. “God has really blessed us with a great church family,” stated Greg, “we are continually learning and experiencing more of God’s awesome glory every week.”

Kendyl, 13, the oldest of the three girls, is a carbon copy of her daddy! Kendyl is an Honor student in the 8th grade at Desoto Central Middle School. Kendyl has been an All-star Competitive cheerleader for Southaven Wildcats for 5 years. Kendyl has been very active at DCMS by being a student body officer, member of the science club, choir, cheerleader, and currently her new love is volleyball. She says that she plans on going to Mississippi State for undergrad and then to Harvard for law –then she wants to come home and be Mayor then Gov!! (Greg better watch out!)

Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Davis:

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

— 1 John 2:4

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