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Arizona Strip Club Endorses Democratic Candidate For Congress

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PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he’s happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic reports the strip club recently announced its endorsement on a sign that reads: “Jarrett Maupin for Congress ‘The Rev.'”

Maupin, who calls himself a member of the Progressive Christian Coalition, says employees voted to back him because he supports affordable student loans and all-day kindergarten.

“What can I say? I support freedom of speech, single moms, and college students,” Maupin said. “In the long run, it might not be good for the club. My goal is to help young ladies get their clothes back on.”

Maupin is running in a close race for the 7th District seat against three other Democrats to replace retiring longtime Rep. Ed Pastor.

But he can’t vote for himself because he was convicted in 2009 of lying to the FBI in a case involving then-Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

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