Niles mayoral candidate’s spokesman ran stripper company
BY NATASHA WASINSKI and BEN MEYERSON | Contributor and Editor April 5, 2013 11:14AM
Updated: November 19, 2013 2:11PM
A consultant working for a candidate in Niles’ hotly contested mayoral contest has an even hotter work history.
Bernie DiMeo, who’s running communications for the Niles New Party and mayoral candidate Andrew Przybylo, owned a company called Strippers of Chicago. The story was first reported by Patch.com.
The agency books male and female strippers, including “exotic dancers, topless waitresses, two girl shows and more,” for private parties, according to its website.
Though the information has since been deleted, an archive of DiMeo’s LinkedIn profile says he owned Strippers of Chicago since 2003. He’s also listed online as the owner of strippersofchicago.com, the company’s website.
Whether he still owns a stake in the company is unclear. Though DiMeo’s Linkedin archive said he still owned the company and a flyer obtained by Patch listed DiMeo’s name and number, DiMeo said he’s no longer involved.
“I sold my interest in 2008,” he said. “There’s nothing to discuss.”
DiMeo has sent press releases for the Niles New Party and blogged on Patch on the party’s behalf.
But in an interview Thursday, DiMeo said his past should have no bearing on next week’s election.
“I’m flabbergasted that anybody is more interested in that than the issues in the campaign,” DiMeo said.
Since he lives in Wilmette and isn’t running for public office in Niles, DiMeo said, “it amazes me (the information) would be in any story whatsoever.”
“They (Patch) sensationalized the story,” he said. “It’s pathetic.”
He said what matters more than his past business ventures are the Niles New Party Campaign candidates’ credentials and support for positive programs.
A message left with the Niles New Party campaign Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned. However, in an interview with Patch, Przybylo distanced himself from DiMeo.
“I didn’t know anything about that, but certainly that excludes him from any role,” Przybylo told Patch. “If it’s true, then that precludes him from any involvement in Niles with my administration. That is not right for Niles.”