|Connie Hamzy Parente|
January 9, 1955
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Occupation||Media personality, groupie|
"Sweet" Connie Hamzy Parente (born January 9, 1955), also called "Sweet Sweet" Connie or Connie Flowers, is an American woman who is known as a groupie who claims to have had sex with numerous rock musicians. Hamzy also received some attention for her claim that she was propositioned by Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas.
Hamzy personally claims to have given oral sex to various members of the many bands that have traveled through Little Rock. Her alleged groupie escapades were detailed in a Cosmopolitan profile in 1974, and in 1992 she wrote a tell-all article for Penthouse.
In 1991, Hamzy was briefly in the news due to her claim that, in 1984, she had been approached by an Arkansas state trooper on behalf of Bill Clinton. She claimed that she and Clinton had looked for "a place where they could have some privacy for an assignation, but couldn't find one." George Stephanopoulos later recounted that Clinton told him a different story of his meeting with Hamzy. According to Clinton, Hamzy had approached him in a hotel lobby, flipped down her bikini top, and asked him, "What do you think of these?" Stephanopoulos secured affidavits from three people who had been accompanying Clinton and confirmed Clinton's recollection. When asked about Hamzy by reporters, Stephanopoulos responded by denying the story off the record and offering to provide the affidavits, also off the record. Although CNN Headline News reported Hamzy's allegations once, neither CNN nor other mainstream news organizations pursued the story further.
Hamzy published a memoir in 1995 under the title Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of "Sweet Connie" from Little Rock (ISBN 9781561713615).
In 1996, Hamzy sought to run as an independent for the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas' 2nd congressional district, but ultimately did not appear on the general election ballot.
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- Ledbetter, James (1996-04-09). "Doin' her act". The Village Voice. p. 52.
- "Unofficial Ballot Results". Arkansas.gov. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
- Cambria, Rodger (January 21, 2005). "Oldest Living Confederate Groupie Tells All". Spin.