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Dennis Lennox Charged with Misuse of Public Funds

January 30, 2010

Dennis Lennox, Wikipedia vandal … I mean Cheboygan County Drain Commissioner has been charged with a one-year, $1000 criminal misdemeanor for allegedly sending 250 Christmas cards using county-paid postage, but including campaign literature in the Christmas cards, meaning that he was allegedly using taxpayer funds to finance his campaign.  Lennox is expected to surrender himself to the Cheboygan city police by early next week.

A press release from Cheboygan County prosecutor Daryl Vizina said that Lennox had been asked to reimburse the county for the cost of the postage, but originally refused; however, once the criminal investigation began, he offered to pay.

Vizina said, “If this was any other citizen we would charge him, so we want to be consistent.  If a employee at Subway was taking company resources for themselves, we would charge them.”

Lennox, on the other hand, says that this is all a political vendetta from the Democratic prosecutor (Lennox is a Republican – although I’ve always thought that he makes our party look bad).  Lennox said, “This is a Democratic political vendetta.  I campaigned against this prosecutor, who is a Democrat, and I campaigned to get rid of this police department.  I also campaigned against the judge.  My lawyer will probably be the candidate who ran against her.”

What’s even more ironic is that Denny Lenny ran on a platform of abolishing the position of Drain Commissioner because it was a “waste of taxpayer money.”  He even went so far as to say, “There is nothing for the drain commissioner to do in Cheboygan County except waste taxpayer money.”  Well, that turned out to be more true than he originally intended us to think it was.

Lennox should be ashamed of himself – he has let down the citizens of Cheboygan County, and he has disgraced the Republican Party.  For the sake of the Republican Party, Republicans across Michigan should come out against Lennox, somebody who has shown hypocrisy and dishonesty in the past.

This pretty much kills his chances of winning the race for the 105th State House District, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

Dennis Lennox Suspends House Campaign After Incumbent Elsenheimer Decides to Run for Re-election for His Michigan House Seat

May 3, 2008

Well, I was in Jackson today and I thought I overheard somebody saying something about Michigan Representative Kevin Elsenheimer (from the 105th district, which was going to have quite an exciting primary) ending his campaign for the Michigan Court of Appeals, and a press release from Dennis Lennox, who was running for Elsenheimer’s open seat confirms that:

TOPINABEE, Mich., May 3, 2008 — Dennis Lennox is suspending his campaign for the state House and endorsing Rep. Kevin Elsenheimer, who is pursuing re-election after ending a campaign for the Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday.

Lennox, a Topinabee Republican, announced his candidacy for the 105th District seat — representing Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Otsego counties — in March when Elsenheimer announced his intentions to pursue the judgeship.

“This was a difficult decision, but it’s best for the hard-working people of northern Michigan,” said Lennox. “Representative Elsenheimer has been a strong conservative voice in Lansing, and I fully support him.”

Lennox will continue serving in his capacity as Young Republicans chairman for Cheboygan County and the 1st Congressional District, which spans 31 counties [for more information about YR groups throughout the state, see my post here.  Sorry, but I had to give them 1 more plug]. He will be representing the GOP abroad in June at an international conference featuring French President Nicholas Sarkozy before attending the Republican National Convention as an alternate delegate. Lennox will also launch a political action committee in the coming days to help northern Michigan conservatives.

“Over the past few weeks, I have met some people who were generous in supporting my campaign,” he said. “I won’t forget about them or their issues. I’m committed to defending our conservative values, cutting taxes and standing up for northern Michigan.”

I have checked other candidate’s websites, and I haven’t seen anybody else address the issue of Elsenheimer now running for his current seat, but, Lennox’s website does not have any changes either.  I am guessing that all of the other candidates will follow suit and drop out.  If they don’t, I’m pretty confident that they’ll lose in the primary.  I’ll post any updates if people decide to stay in and run against Elsenheimer.

Done Reporting,

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The Race for Michigan’s 105th House District Heats Up

April 7, 2008

Well, since this looks like it could be one of the more interesting races this summer and fall, I decided to post about it.

Representative Kevin Elsenheimer (R-Bellaire) decided not to seek a third term in the House of Representatives so that he could run for a judge’s seat on the Court of Appeals.

Here’s who all has said they’re running:

  • Central Michigan University student Dennis Lennox was the first to announce his candidacy when he sent out a press release in late March.  He also launched his website www.dennisfornorthernmichigan.com.  Lennox is a resident of Topinabee (Cheboygan County), and has been at the center of controversy involving his disagreement with Central Michigan University administrators and the hiring of Gary Peters.  As far as I know, he has not yet filed any official papers.
  • Norwood Township Supervisor Tim Boyko.  He launched his website http://boyko4staterep.blogspot.com/.  He is expected to file paperwork on April 7th, and formally announce his canidacy on the 9th.
  • Ken Glasser, chairman of the Otsego County Board of Commissioners.  I haven’t been able to find out much information about him.  He was the Otsego County Commissioner for 8 years, for 2 of which he was the chairman.  Here is his website: http://www.votekenglasser.com/.
  • Jeff Garfield, originally from the Flint area, is a Gaylord resident of 11 years was previously elected as commissioner of Otsego County.  He has also served on his local planning commission and chamber of commerce.  Garfield ran against Elsenheimer in the 2004 primary.  Garfield has not yet filed any paperwork.
  • Also running is John Ramsey, the father of the slain child beauty pagent star JonBenét Patricia Ramsey.  Ramsey is originally from Georgia, but he moved to Colorado, where JonBenét was murdered.  In the Ramsey family bought a summer home in Charlevoix, and he and his wife, Patsy moved here permanently in 1993.  He briefly moved back to Georgia in 2006, when his wife went down there to receive treatment for cancer.  Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer that year.  Ramsey also ran against Elsenheimer in the 2004 primary, and he has not yet filed any paperwork.
  • Tony Cutler, launched a website, www.tonycutler.com, but has not yet filed any paperwork.  Cutler finished 6th out of 7 when he ran for city council.

So, on to the controversies (disclaimer: I am simply stating the controversies that are already out there.  Just because I am writing about them does NOT mean that I have taken a side on the issue):

  • Dennis Lennox
    • He was disciplined by Central Michigan University for violating the student code of conduct.  I have stated previously that I supported Dennis in his fight agains the university for his rights.
    • He was criticized by many for going too far in his efforts against Gary Peters.  While I disagree with some of his methods, I definitely think that Peters has some conflict of interest problems.
    • Recently, the following Facebook picture surfaced of Lennox getting a shoe shine by an African American, and many have accused Lennox of being racist because of the comment under the picture saying, “Dude, you have slaves?” (although I will note that the comment was not Lennox’s and he does not indicate that he supports the opinion of the comment):

  • John Ramsey
    • Due to the little experience with murders that the Boulder, CO police had, John and Patsy were suspects of the murder of their daughter JonBenét, up until the theory of an intruder became popular (and I will note that that is the theory that I hold to).  They were never charged, and I think that this should be completely left out of the election, and I have no respect for anybody who uses this against John.
    • John moved to Georgia when his wife saught treatment for cancer, and he cancelled his Michigan driver’s license in early 2007.  He has stated, “I didn’t realize a driver’s license dictated where you resided,” and plans on getting a Michigan driver’s license as soon as possible.  The only home he owns is in Charlevoix.

So, it looks like this could be a VERY interesting primary on the Republican side – we’ll wait and see who pulls ahead.

Done Reporting,

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