The Memphis newspaper obtained receipts from the Mississippi Auditor's office that reveal, among other expenses, one for a gay sex shop in Canada. When confronted about the purchases made with city money, Davis admitted he's gay.
"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," Davis told the Commercial Appeal on Thursday. "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, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully for Mississippi's 1st District congressional seat in 2008. He beat Tupelo's Glenn McCullough in the primary but ultimately lost to Democrat Travis Childers of Booneville in the general election.
In the time since his campaign as a Christian-conservative family man, Davis has divorced his wife and fallen under the microscope of state investigators for misuse of public funds. He was found to have charged Southaven taxpayers for personal trips, family counseling and other purchases.
He has paid back $96,000 so far.
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