Tampa's strip club king Joe Redner weighs in on Republican National Convention

11:12 AM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Tampa. Strip clubs. The two are often mentioned together, like New York City and the Statue of Liberty.

More than sunshine, cigars or the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens, Tampa is known for its naked ladies.

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And the man in the thick of this spectacle is Joe Redner, who almost single-handedly made Tampa's adult entertainment world famous. He's a wiry 72-year-old with a bemused smile and skeptical brown eyes who owns what is arguably the most notorious of Tampa's all-nude clubs: Mons Venus.

The club is located less than six miles from where the Republicans will gather to nominate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate.

Redner says he doesn't expect the convention to be as busy as the Super Bowl. He says he doesn't think people are coming to party. 


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