So says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s conservative campaign group — which errantly named a Dallas “gentleman’s club” “Entrepreneur of the Year” last month.
Dawn Rizos told the Dallas Morning News she was “thrilled” by the announcement that her popular topless bar The Lodge had received top billing from the conservative Washington group, which had invited her to speak about best practices for small businesses. She was to be given the award Oct. 7.
“This is a very private dinner and I look forward to presenting you with your award,” Gingrich reportedly said in his invitation. “Your support and willingness to take a leadership role is greatly appreciated.”
Gingrich’s group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, thought The Lodge was a small business in Virginia. Instead of giving Rizos an award, he’s refunded her $5,000 donation to his campaign fund.
“It was disappointing,” Rizos told the News. “We were looking forward to sharing our political views with Newt Gingrich.” Among her views, she said, are less government regulation of small businesses — and Texans’ private lives.
Neither Gingrich nor his group returned requests for comment from the paper on Wednesday.
Asked about the group’s excuse — that they thought it was a family-friendly business in Virginia, Rizos verbally shrugged.
“I’m not going to argue with them, if that’s their story,” Rizo remarked. “I think they should be a lot more careful and maybe Google the person they’re going to give an award to before they make all of their plans.”
Trump considering withdraw from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report
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Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.
So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.
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US kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting
After a wait of two and a half years, the US administration is launching its Middle East peace plan Tuesday -- with an economic initiative that the Palestinians are boycotting.
For this most unconventional of US presidents, Donald Trump's Middle East peace-making bid is unlike decades of previous US attempts.
There is no talk of land swaps, a Palestinian state or other political issues that have vexed diplomats for decades.
The Trump administration says it will get to the political issues later.