Monday, August 29, 2011

Bob Gosselin

Rumor has it, yet again, that if Janice Daniels and her cronies win in November, they will fire our city manager and replace him with Bob Gosselin, a politician in Troy, Oakland County and Michigan who wants to decide what you can do in your bedroom, yet takes his sexuality out to the streets, that is, if you believe his arrests for indecent exposure and solicitation of a prostitute.
Knollenberg used information about these arrests to beat Gosselin in the State house.
I just keep wondering, why it hasn't kept Gosselin from being elected to the Board of Commissioners.
Ew...
Just look at his lame excuses, including that his prostitution arrest was a case of mistaken identity. Um, the female cop arrested him while he was in the act of trying to solicite her. I guess he means, he mistook the cop for a hooker?
Want this man with his hands on our city's money?
This man is running the show for the "tax fighters" -- Daniels, Henderson, et al.
Find this article here

Race for county GOP ticket gets ugly

Oakland Press, The (Pontiac, MI) - Monday, July 24, 2006
Will Molnar is in a tough primary, and he knows it.

The first-term incumbent county commissioner is being challenged in the Aug. 8 Republican primary for his seat by term-limited state Rep. Robert Gosselin . The winner will face Democrat Steve Johnson of Troy in the November election.

The 13th commission district represents portions of northern Troy and southern Rochester Hills, and a bit of Bloomfield Township.Gosselin 's state House district includes Troy and Clawson.

Gosselin , of Troy, opted out of a bruising three-way Republican primary for state Senate to challenge Molnar for his $32,000-a-year county commission seat.

If history is any indication, Molnar, of Rochester Hills, has reason to worry.

Term-limited and former state lawmakers have, so far, pushed aside local incumbents or challengers for their seats in every instance in what is becoming a biennial game of political musical chairs:

In 2002, term-limited state Sen. Bill Bullard spent more than $45,000 to knock off incumbent Republican Commissioner Bill Brian in a district representing Highland, Rose, Springfield and Holly townships.

Also in 2002, former state Rep. Tom Middleton came out of political retirement to win a special election for a vacant county commission seat representing Independence Township, Clarkston and part of Waterford, then defeated the same field of candidates later in the general election that year, spending $27,000.

And, in 2004, term-limited state Rep. Dave Woodward, a Democrat, knocked off the sitting Republican county commission incumbent Pete Webster to claim the Royal Oak county commission seat.

The county commission race promises to be a race with a hard edge to it in the last weeks leading to the primary, with both sides slamming the literature that is circulating.

Molnar acknowledged state lawmakers have an edge in local races.

"I would think so especially since commissioners are no longer issued official stationery," said Molnar, 46, in a swipe at Gosselin. "I couldn't even break the law if I wanted to like he has and use state House stationery for campaign purposes. 


"I view this race, even though I'm the incumbent, as the underdog," Molnar said. "He has a longer length of service in office than I have. I've taken this challenge very, very seriously. All I can do is run on my record. I've put together a solid record on the county commission."

Molnar cited donations from the Detroit Regional Chamber and Michigan Association of Realtors, along with endorsements from two newspapers, county officials and local mayors, as well as his experience as a tax accountant.

"My background is more attuned to the county commission as a CPA with a master's degree in taxation," Molnar said. "The primary role of county commissioner is to approve the budget and approve county spending."

Then there's a piece of literature circulating that speaks of Gosselin 's arrests on accusations of soliciting a prostitute and indecent exposure.

The glossy piece is put out by a group called Friends of Oakland County, a 527 organization named for that section of the tax code that governs nonprofits. By law, it isn't allowed to affiliate with any candidate.

"The specific calls I have received, which consist of about half a dozen, have all been positive," said Jennifer Gasiecki, an attorney representing the group, of the response to the literature about Gosselin 's arrest record. "His opponent is not associated with this organization."

The group has even put the documents on a Web site at www.infocandidate.com.

Gosselin , 55, said the glossy literature with the bold print put out by Gasiecki's group is character assassination and inaccurate.

"It's way over the top," said Gosselin , whose reputation as a lawmaker is as a family values ultraconservative, and sometimes a maverick.

"These things didn't happen. I'm not that person this portrays," Gosselin said. "Here you have false accusations that I have to answer to that shouldn't be part of the campaign."

Gosselin said the indecent exposure allegation was a traffic altercation when he was a city councilman, and he pleaded no contest with the understanding it would be dismissed.

He said the solicitation citation was a case of mistaken identity and was dismissed within 48 hours.

Gosselin cites his six years in the state House and experience as a former city councilman, along with endorsements from 42 of his state House colleagues.

He said he's for cutting taxes, less government and a parttime Legislature.

Gosselin , meanwhile, has literature listing statewide organizations, implying their support. But the fine print says the organizations, such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, are endorsed by Gosselin , not the other way around. 

"That's dirty campaign practices and I don't appreciate that," Molnar said.

At the county level, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said he's sticking with incumbent county commissioners in the primary.

"I don't think it's right to inject myself into contested primaries with commissioners I have to work with," Patterson said. "I'm not endorsing Gosselin . I'm going to stay with all the incumbents, it's the politically correct thing to do."

Rich Studley of the Michi gan Chamber of Commerce in Lansing said he's seen the Gosselin literature.

"We did have a campaign brochure faxed to us," Studley said. "Although we have had a good relationship with Bob in his role as state representative, the Michigan Chamber does not make candidate endorsements for local or municipal races."

He said the phenomenon of state lawmakers running for local office may be a consequence of term limits.

"It has been interesting from a Lansing perspective to watch that develop," he said. "Proponents of term limits never imagined one of the consequences is that lawmakers would continue political careers by running for local office."

Josh West of Troy will be on the ballot as a Republican candidate, but he has dropped out of the race.
Section: Local News
Record Number: ab2d1dc4bfd51d97e9a04270c03e3aae32dcd368
Copyright (c) 2006 The Oakland Press

7 comments:

  1. In all fairness... this is news to me. No one has even hinted as that as a solution to the cities issues. As far as I'm concerned this is a complete fabrication, and to see you do what you did above to Bob Gosselin on heresay, is at the very least in poor taste. And since I don't have the ability to counter that claim on TRUSTs facebook page, thought I'd give this a try. We disagree on more than we agree on, but to sling mud at a guy for the sport of it is a sad new low for you.

    Dave

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  2. We disagree. This is probably the man who is running your campaign, Dave, right?
    And it's not hearsay if he was arrested, is it? He has 2 prostitution arrests, indecent exposure arrests, and restraining orders against him. These are real. There are arrest records. There are newspaper articles.
    And then this guy is always bashing non-Christians trying to push through moralistic LAWS, which goes against conservative values of leaving people the hell alone in their private lives, right? It's fine for him to be indecent, yet he wants to make laws restricting the rest of us.
    Maybe YOU should find a better role model. Maybe Troy needs a better person to run the conservative side, don't you think? Good lord, I certainly hope he doesn't end up as city manager.
    And if you are mad at someone for getting this word out, maybe you should have a word with Republican State Rep. Knollenberg who outed Gosselin with this information in 2004.

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  3. And Dave, here's where I learned this, originally -- Wikipedia, which Gosselin has since edited out:

    Prostitution and indecency allegations
    In 2004, Gosselin was the subject of challenger Marty Knollenberg's (son of U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg) campaign mailings announcing his 1998 arrest in an undercover prostitution sting and arrest for indecent exposure.[9] Both of the charges against Gosselin were dismissed. When asked by reporters, Gosselin did not give the reason for the dismissal for the solicitation charge. He insisted that he "was on (his) way to a (plant) nursery, pulled over to look at a map and someone approached" his van. He could not address what happened next, saying, "I don't even remember the details about it." The-then prosecuting attorney later said that, in most instances, a case was dismissed in the district court if there was no evidence or if witnesses or the arresting officer failed to show in court. She would not offer further details.[9]
    However, with Gosselin term-limited out-of-office, the younger Knollenberg became the Republican nominee for State House in 2006, defeating Mike Bosnic in the August 2006 primary. Bosnic, who also ran in 2004 in a three-way race against Gosselin, was endorsed by Gosselin in 2006. This was seen by many to be due to his neutrality on the alleged solicitation issue. Despite Gosselin's endorsement, Knollenberg won by 7%, or roughly 700 votes, over Bosnic.

    You people gripe about not being able to trust our city leaders and this is the man you let tell YOU WHAT TO DO? He was arrested by an undercover female cop dressed as a hooker!
    Please...

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  4. When what one is reporting is the truth, it is called full disclosure. Here's some advice for Dave and rest of the TCU candidates. IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

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  5. Gosselin's background is news to you? You call it hearsay and slinging mud?

    You obviously DON'T know Bob Gosselin well.

    And if you think Sharon merely reporting and commenting on his distasteful and disgraceful past is wrong...well, again, you obviously don't know Bob Gosselin well.

    I've told you before...people will associate YOU with those you choose to associate with.

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  6. Gosselin was the one who refused to issue a proclamation on behalf of the county commission for one of Troy's volunteers of the year, if I'm not mistaken. That speaks to his character more than anything, to me.

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  7. He is crooked and a liar and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. I have known him for many years. He cannot be trusted. Believe me---I do know what I am talking about!!

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