Countdown To Election Day: Congressman Renacci’s Use Of A Strip Club Owner’s Private Plane

November 1, 2018

Countdown to Election Day

As the clock ticks down to Election Day, we’re taking a look back at the lowlights of Congressman Jim Renacci’s Senate bid – a campaign that’s been defined by embarrassing stories, despicable lows, and complaints from Republicans that Renacci never “even picked up the towel.”

Today we’re taking a look at one of the more memorable and talked-about stories of Congressman Renacci’s campaign – his travels in a private plane owned and flown by a man who owns two Cleveland-area strip clubs.

Be sure to continue following along over the next five days as we count down to the end of Congressman Renacci’s pathetic political career.


In September, the Columbus Dispatch first reported that Congressman Jim Renacci has been traveling the state in a private plane owned and flown by a man who owns two-Cleveland area strip clubs, the Bug-A-Boo Club and the Peek-A-Boo Club.

From the Dispatch:

A man who owns strip clubs in Cleveland has flown Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci to more than a dozen campaign events since July — including one Tuesday after the Wadsworth congressman skipped two U.S. House roll call votes to politick in Ohio.

…But Renacci has opted to fly in aircraft piloted by Ksiezyk, using it to make appearances in Cincinnati, Toledo and Lima, according to a review of the plane’s flight records from the website FlightAware. Those data were matched with information from Renacci’s campaign Twitter account, with the majority of flights taken by the plane this year corresponding with Renacci’s campaign schedule.

…Ksiezyk owns two adult entertainment bars in Cleveland: Bug-a-Boos, also known as Johnny’s Tramell’s and Peek-A-Boos, also known as Elias Brothers Showbar-Lounge. According to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, he has had a liquor license for the former since 1989 and for the latter since 1981. A bar employee reached by phone confirmed both bars are still open.

More details about Congressman Renacci’s travel were revealed in the weeks that followed, including that he failed to pay for flights he took while he was running for governor and that he used the plane to travel to a meeting with faith leaders in Scioto County.


Congressman Renacci’s unique transportation choices certainly had people talking:

Cleveland.com: Jim Renacci defends flying on strip club owner’s plane to meeting with faith leaders

Washington Examiner: Ohio Senate candidate faces questions over campaign flights on plane owned by strip club owner

Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com

Jason Williams, Cincinnati Enquirer

John Flowers, MSNBC

Nick Confessore, New York Times

Kenneth Vogel, New York Times

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