ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Tammy Chapman, a former Penthouse Pet of the month in August ’92 and former exotic dancer, tells KMOX with her it was always professional, but Peter Kinder pursued a relationship with her.
In a story reported first by the Riverfront Times and Politico, Chapman claims she first met Kinder in the mid-1990s, when he was a state senator and she was an exotic dancer at the Diamond Cabaret in Sauget, Illinois.
Chapman says Kinder became a twice-weekly visitor to the club, seeking Chapman’s dances and “courting” her with brownies “from his grandmother’s recipe.”
“He was nice, for a while,” Chapman said.
The alleged strip club meetings ended, Chapman claims, when Kinder “became too aggressive,” and she asked him not to return.
Fast forward — Chapman tells KMOX she ran into the Lt. Governor earlier this year when she was bartending at Verlin’s Bar and Grill, which advertises its “pantsless parties,” in which waitresses are clad in underpants. Chapman says Kinder told her he was “lonely” and allegedly offered to let her live in his Brentwood condominium. Chapman claims she was not aware at the time that the condo is campaign-funded.
Chapman says she declined the offer, because she had a girlfriend at the time, and she stressed that she was never romantically interested in Kinder.
According to records, the condo’s $1,555 monthly rent is paid by Kinder’s campaign committee.
Politico analyst David Catanese says this is the political death knell for Kinder.
“It’s really troubling, unseemly and makes him look un-gubernatorial and I would be surprised if you didn’t to see some party leaders really start to think seriously if they want him on the top of the ticket.”
According to published reports, Kinder’s spokesman, Jay Eastlick, referred all questions to the campaign committee. The spokesman for the committee, Jared Craighead, reportedly is not talking.
KMOX has been in frequent contact with Kinder’s campaign staff throughout the day seeking his reaction.
To hear the interview with Chapman, click below: