Keyes’ sweaty napkin gets own website
Aug. 12, 2004: An Alan Keyes fan exercised the kind of initiative and entrepreneurship that would have made his idol proud – he started his own website to sell a napkin used to wipe the sweaty brow of the then-Illinois U.S. Senate candidate after having been booted off the eBay auction site twice.
Jerry McGlothlin, aka “The Napkin Man,” had daubed sweat from Keyes’ brow immediately following the candidate’s announcement he would replace Republican Jack Ryan to face Democrat Barack Obama in a long-shot bid for the Senate.
McGlothlin’s napkin page on eBay had received 15,000 visitors and 100 bids before it was unceremoniously taken down because “bodily fluids” were not allowed to be auctioned. The bidding had reached about $700 before eBay stepped in. McGlothlin planned to give the proceeds to the Keyes campaign.
Then eBay welcomed him back, saying sweat wasn’t a forbidden bodily fluid, but kicked him off again because Keyes’ campaign wasn’t an approved “charity.”
That’s when the SweatyNapkin.com site was born!
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