Southaven Mayor Reveals He’s Gay
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, who has been embattled for some time now over personal expenses billed to the city, made a stark admission to the Commercial Appeal yesterday when he revealed for the first time that he is gay. Davis has been in public service for 20 years first serving as a state representative (replacing John Grisham) and as mayor of the Desoto county city since 1997. Davis was also the GOP nominee in the 2008 First District Congressional race, both the special election and general, where he lost to Travis Childers.
Details emerged that he spent $67 at a store named Priape, which is described as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”
That led Davis to say this: “At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case. While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual — and still continue to be a very conservative individual — I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay.”
Davis also said this: “The only apology I would make to my supporters if they are upset is the fact that I was not honest enough with myself to be honest with them. But I have lived my life in public service for 20-plus years, and in order for me to remain sane and move on, I have got to start being honest about who I am.”
The Republican who left open the door for a future run, has three children and was apparently divorced from his wife of 19 years in 2010. On his campaign website, which hasn’t been updated for over a year, Davis has a section about his family and their involvement with Heartland Church in Southaven.