Chapman and Kinder reconnected earlier this year when Kinder showed up at Verlin's, a St. Louis bar that features bartenders who don't wear pants. Chapman, who was working at the bar, tells Riverfront Times managing editor Sarah Fenske that Kinder invited her to move into a condominium in St. Louis that he uses. (She declined.) Campaign-finance records show that Kinder's campaign fund pays for the condo.
Kinder is 56 and has never been married. His permanent residence is in Cape Girardeau. Earlier this year, he got into trouble for billing taxpayers for hotel stays that stretched the definition of official state business. His campaign is paying $1,555 a month for the St. Louis condo, according to records.
Kinder is Gov. Jay Nixon's presumptive Republican challenger in the 2012 election. His fitness for the state's highest office was in question well before Chapman came forward with her claims that he's the kind of strip-club patron who doesn't understand boundaries.