Jun 7, 2014 3:01 AM by CNN - Wire

Nudie joint covers up sign with RNC in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A highly visible strip club in downtown has covered up its come-hither sign with top Republicans in town considering Kansas City as host for the 2016 political convention.

As Kansas City is rallying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife showed up.

Catherine Hanaway, a Republican candidate for Missouri governor, tweeted a picture.

The 2016 Republican National Convention's 13-member site selection committee arrived on Wednesday and will stay in town until Friday.

Temptations, which is on Grand Boulevard just a block south of the Sprint Center, has covered up its sign advertising its "totally nude" offering. The business had looked some years back at relocating but rezoning restrictions meant it had to stay put.

Officials won't confirm that the cover-up is related to the RNC visit but workers have cut weeds, repaired signs and picked up trash in the downtown areas. Welcoming billboards have gone up around the city. The gentleman club's "barely legal" banner is also hidden away from prying eyes.

Some residents are baffled by the cover up.

"I don't think it's something to hide," Kansas City resident Grace Archer said. "It's obviously part of society right now."

Some believe the RNC will know that all four cities competing for the convention will have gentleman's clubs that convention goers can partake of.

But others say Kansas City needs to put its best foot forward and this was the correct move.

"If the first thing they see is totally nude, it might discourage them from coming," Kansas City resident Kenneth Junior said. "It was a good idea to go ahead and cover it up."

"I think we're putting on a little dress rehearsal for them when they come to town and showcasing what we do best," Mark Moberly said.

The Republicans are expected to pick their convention city in August. In addition to Kansas City, the GOP is considering Cleveland, Denver and Dallas.

Ironically, not having an NBA or NHL team could benefit Kansas City. The RNC is considering moving the traditional August convention date to earlier in the summer. The dates under strong consideration are June 27 or July 18.

The June date could cause conflicts for cities with NHL or NBA teams because of playoff implications. Sprint Center officials would be much more flexible with their dates because of the lack of an anchor tenant.

"Kansas City has a nice little advantage," said RNC chair Reince Priebus. "They can give us either a June or July date. There's no way around it. That's a nice nugget that Kansas City has in its back pocket that not every place has."

An earlier summer date would give the GOP nominee earlier access to money and more time to get a message out before voters make up their minds.

Money is an issue that Kansas City is facing in convincing the GOP to come to the Midwest. Kansas City Mayor Sly James maintains that Kansas City will be fine in securing the tens of millions needed.

"I think what you are seeing differently now is a greater emphasis on the guarantee of money," Priebus said Thursday. "An it's all going to work out just doesn't cut it. (We need) a guarantee of a certain amount of money in the bucket we can count on."

Private donations and in-kind contributions means Kansas City has already tallied about $30 million toward the effort.

Republican officials said they liked what they saw from Kansas City in both the first visit and the second, and were especially impressed by the hospitality.

"We saw so many things that impressed us that we wanted to bring the rest of the committee back and give them the chance to see everything Kansas City has to offer," said Enid Mickelsen, who is heading up the site selection committee. "I saw people who walked out of their store fronts and they were waving at us and I have to tell you. I went to the New York City convention and it wasn't always waves. Sometimes it was a different gesture."

The committee members will be wined and dined during a reception at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night. No word on whether there will be any surprise guests like former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, attending Wednesday night's reception.


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