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Mike Dunafon's possible run for governor could be good for Libertarians -- and strippers

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Mike Dunafon's Facebook pic.
Libertarian politics in Colorado have always been among the most fun to watch. After all, the nation's third-largest political party was founded in Colorado Springs 42 years ago and has attracted all kinds of colorful characters, from Lakewood City Councilman Doug Anderson, who became the first Libertarian elected to office in a major city in 1987, to Christine Smith, the John Denver-loving candidate who ran for president six years ago. But Glendale mayor Mike Dunafon may top them all if he runs for governor.

And the longtime libertarian promised Fox31 in February he would do just that if he got 60,000 "likes" on his Facebook page before his sixtieth birthday, on April 12. Dunafon easily surpassed that number and told Fox last weekend that he is now working on getting the signatures he'll need to make the ballot.

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A more formal portrait of Mike Dunafon.
A run could certainly be a boon for Libertarians, but also for the strip-club industry, since Dunafon is married to Debbie Mathews, the owner of Shotgun Willie's -- and the two have made politics in Glendale pretty interesting over the past decade.

In fact, Gentleman's Review -- a Nevada-based website that promotes strip clubs -- recently used this connection as an indication that "the mainstream consumer's stereotypical negative attitude towards strip clubs may have softened over the years.

"Whether it is Howard Stern talking about his former adventures at Scores in New York City or the constant celebrity sightings at strip clubs throughout the country, strip clubs are becoming more acceptable by mainstream audiences. Even more telling is the market research report, conducted by IBIS World [a market research firm], stating that national strip club revenues are expected to rise 4.5 percent from 2012 to 2017," the website said.

"Around twelve strip clubs can be found in the greater Denver area, and many help cultivate these improved consumer attitudes by upgrading their businesses to offer other services other than just simple stage dancing. Out of these twelve clubs researched in the area, ten of them serve alcohol and six of them serve food. Diamond Cabaret in downtown Denver offers fine dining at CY Steak, a modernized American Steakhouse created by restaurateur Cliff Young, a man who has fifty years of experience in the Colorado restaurant scene," Gentleman's Review continued.

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A look inside the recently remodeled Shotgun Willie's.
"Clubs are also seeing more of a female customer base beginning to frequent their businesses. This can be attributed to modern club appearances, like La Boheme's 1940's pin up burlesque rock motif or The Penthouse Club's two floors of lavish luxury style seating."

Gentleman's Review also points out that VCG Holdings, the owner of La Bohème, Diamond Cabaret and three others, is run by Troy Lowrie, who got a volunteer job last summer as a reserve police officer for the Town of Morrison, issuing traffic tickets and upholding laws.

Making new laws, of course, could be up to Dunafon if he replaces John Hickenlooper under the gold dome. And Dunafon has already said what he will start with in his first gubernatorial proclamation on Facebook:

"In Glendale, we have our Year of Freedom, where we remove useless, oppressive laws from our books regularly," he wrote on Tuesday. "As your Governor, I will do the same for the entire state."

More from our Politics archive: "Denver's a 'liberal sh*thole'? Republicans debate a Mile High convention."


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12 comments
AnarchoGlock
AnarchoGlock

Libertarians already had their convention and this cat wasn't in attendance. Matthew Hess got the Libertarian nomination to governor if my memory serves.

You're welcome.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

If only Westword would give the Greens even half as much fawning over as they do the Libertardians...

CommonCore
CommonCore

Instead of a story about a libertarian candidate, the author writes a story about 'strip clubs'? The brainwashed sheep will take this and run with it. Ensuring the robots faithfully mark their election ballots 'LEFT' or 'RIGHT'......Too stupid to know they are voting for the same corruption year after year.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another reason why Libertoonians rarely garner more than 3% of the vote.


Does he have "hidden ownership" in his "wife's" strip club??


The DOR Liquor Licensing criminal investigators take a dim view of hidden ownership regarding liquor licenses ... or marijuana dispensary licenses.



billyzane303
billyzane303

@AnarchoGlock  He is actually running as an Independent, not libertarian. Mayor Dunafon wanted to run unaffiliated. Dunafon 4 Gov! 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RustyShackleford  ... how many Greens own a tittie bar that objectifies women and sells poison to patrons?

558897
558897

@CommonCore  "Corruption", huh? Got any evidence for the court on Hickenlooper? Or just projecting?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@CommonCore  And to prove your point, see the comment posted by the donkey boy.  

denvermark
denvermark

@DonkeyHotay  


How about the fact that he treats the strippers as non-employees and no longer as W-2 employees?   This guy has a huge liability of payroll taxes.   The IRS and Colorado Department of Labor need to crack down on this jerk.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues  Normally I'm not a fan  of bastardized political names, i.e., libtard, teatard, etc.

However, "liberkookian" brought a smile to my face.

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