The filing indicates the campaign spent $385.24 to “The Mint Restaurant and Ultra Lounge” in Scottsdale, Arizona for a meeting expense.
According to the website of the establishment, “The Mint” specializes in making “all types of events imaginable” which include models, dancers, and showgirls along with body painting in a nightclub that calls itself “half restaurant” and “half ultra-lounge.”
The club's signature drunk is a $13 champaign cocktail called “the gold digger” after rapper Kanye West and has been billed by some as “Arizona's hottest new club.”
The club also offers a “specialty champagne bar in the co-ed bathroom.” In the marble unisex bathroom, a bartender makes drinks while patrons take “socializing in the bathroom to a new level” according to one review of the club.
The club also offers an ice cream bar, chocolate fountain, DJs, valet parking, magicians, balloons, a 30 foot bar, and is housed inside a former bank.
In what seems like a clear Shauna move, Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul told the Huffington Post, “Campaign staffers having dinner is hardly news.”
While Saul's statement is certainly true, a half-utlra longue with a co-ed bathroom champaign bar sounds a bit more like…dessert.
Way overblown, or a blantant abuse of privileges? Either way, the Romney campaign's desire to go hard in Arizona isn't entirely their fault. When you're in the 'dale, you're about as close to heaven as you're gonna get.