Gingrich strips his Entrepreneur of the Year award from Dallas topless club.

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Newt Gingrich Last month, Allison Vivas of Pink Visual — a porn DVD superstore headquartered in California — was tickled to find out that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Business Defense and Advisory Council had chosen her for a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Embarrassed, Gingrich’s group eventually said that it had “inadvertently” sent the invitation to Pink Visual. Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reported that The Lodge, “one of the best-known gentlemen’s clubs in Dallas,” also received an Entrepreneur award from Gingrich, only to have it taken away:

That all changed, however, when Gingrich realized that The Lodge was a topless bar, not some other business in Virginia. He rescinded [Lodge owner Dawn] Rizos’ invitation to a private dinner and returned the $5,000 donation she made to his group, American Solutions for Winning the Future.

“It was disappointing,” Rizos said. “We were looking forward to sharing our political views with Newt Gingrich.” … She said she didn’t figure Gingrich had the wrong company because her business has been honored many times and she thought “his intentions were honorable.”

An spokesperson for Gingrich’s group American Solutions for Winning the Future said that the notice Rizos received “was sent at the same time as the other mistake [to Pink Visual] for the same reason.” CNN adds, “It did not specify what that reason was.” (HT: Raw Story)

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