Joe Redner, strip club king turn D.C. beer lobbyist
WASHINGTON — Joe Redner says he last had a drink (and snort of cocaine) a quarter century ago. But he plied the halls of Congress this week for beer equality.
“I feel funny asking to cut taxes,” the politically liberal Tampa strip club owner said Thursday afternoon. “But I don’t think these taxes are very fair.”
Redner, 72, is in town with his son for a craft brewing trade show and spent time lobbying members of Florida’s delegation for a bill that would cut excise taxes on beer.
“The Republicans were more receptive than the Democrats,” Redner said, grinning as he sat on a couch inside the Washington Convention Center, site of the trade show that attracted thousands of people from the burgeoning industry.