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A Short Political Biography
By JGillman, Section News
For Dennis Lennox. And maybe some things you could really care less about.
As Lennox goes on a personal campaign to destroy Decorated Veteran Dave Agema, the credibility he carries with some folks needs to be put back in check. A little background on this guy is in order.
First off, Lennox is no dummy. He is a little queer, (Odd, but I reserve that the matching definition could be that of the reader's own thoughts) but he knows the political game better than most children his age. In fact, a little better than many who have been in the Republican party for some time, as he plays THEM so well. He is a CMU grad or some such thing, and was vice president at one time of the Young Americans for freedom, a group that was once sanctioned (and relieved by the administration)for anti-homosexual chalkings prior to a veterans support event. It was rumored the chalkings were an attempt to drum up 'news' by SOMEONE in that YAF chapter. It made national news, and attention was given. A lot of attention.
Almost as much as the fabled attacks by university officials while doing the Gary Peters video taping thing, at one point earning him a label of "mentally unstable and a potential "campus shooter" because of his aggressive, in your face tactics". Which was false, and drew the ACLU to his side, yet was likely a label he sought. It also made national media.
Lennox went to the 2008 RNC event in MN as an alternate delegate. I was there as well. On the way in during one session he happened to be walking up the same route on the outside of the security fences. Along that route, was every national leftist blogger in the US. He made it a point to stop and announce himself to quite a few of of them. to make sure THEY know who he was and gave them 'official' interviews as a Republican going in.
At that time of course, he had other things going on as well that would add to his 'national persona'.
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In 2008 Lennox was also running for Drain commissioner in Cheboygan County.
His platform as a newly almost graduated citizen of Michigan was to take on the job so that he could "end the position" of drain commissioner. He was sure to seek out the national news sources, because SURELY no one could resist the guy who would end the position he ran for. Great news right?
Dennis became the Drain commissioner for Cheboygan County.
Lennox won with only a handful of vote to spare:
"In a race that went down to the wire, Lennox recieved 6,202 to Pietrangelo's 6,116 in the 22-precinct county, according to the county results posted online."A mandate right?
Those who preferred to vote for the 78 year old Democrat were vindicated however. Shortly after the win, it seemed that ending the paying job was not in the future for Lennox.
"Now, I commend Dennis for what he was trying to do there - he was trying to save taxpayer dollars. Or was he? What happened over the next few months showed that maybe it was more of a political stunt to bring media attention to his State House campaign than to actually save taxpayer money.You think?
But a paying job wasn't cutting it enough for the postage apparently. Lennox allegedly used public funds for his own personal advancement.
"Cheboygan County Prosecuting Attorney Daryl Vizina has filed a misdemeanor criminal complaint against Topinabee senior and Cheboygan County Drain Commissioner Dennis Lennox II.But he was acquitted by a jury after 8 hours, and an explanation that he reimbursed the county for the $110 in postage he 'borrowed'.
And rejecting any responsibility for his participation in the entire play, he said:
""This was a political prosecution from the very beginning," Lennox said. "It's taken a great toll on me and I'm glad to put it behind me.""It was a prosecution that failed to convince a jury that $110 in public funds temporarily 'borrowed' was important enough for a conviction.
Something that could have saved so many others grief in upcoming months.
Lennox was indeed pursuing that next step politically.
His bid for the 105th state house was an interesting one, that resulted in what would show as getting negative percentages if one were to subtract relations who vote.
I endorsed one of his opponents here and at Michigantaxes.com and conveniently had my posts deleted April 1 2010 from this site, where Lennox had administrative access at the time. I cannot PROVE anything on that matter, but IP addresses I tracked from MTTM showed Lennox's attempts to mislead through comments on MTTM revealed his anger over the endorsement.
All of my comments prior to April 1 2010 are lost forever. We were able to retrieve some of the earlier posts, but comments? Gone. An April fools prank perhaps? Coincidence? Right.
Other methods of elevating oneself when down requires greater, more devious measures however. Just prior to the great RightMichigan meltdown of April 1, 2010, Lennox pulled off the unbelievable. He went from State House race, to US House Race, and back gaining accolades by the dozens in a matter of minutes!!
"Earlier today on TEMS, I spoke with Dennis Lennox, one of the Republicans who had announced his intention to run against Bart Stupak in Michigan's 1st CD. Today, Lennox announced his withdrawal on the race on my show and gave us the exclusive first interview to discuss his decision"Woot! National attention for NO investment!
He had been planning the State Race, and this was just a publicity pump. I couldn't forget that if I tried. (I did) Seeing the unearned praise and knowing the character in person was enough to make me throw up a little in my mouth.
In 2011, and after his negative vote getting attempt at state representation, he resigned from the Cheboygan Drain commissioner's office in disgrace, or whatever it is that one might call it. His other pursuits and a move to Traverse City, (Lucky us) brought him closer to people he could manipulate. Namely a sympathetic Radio show personality Norm Jones, and a county party which doesn't know him. He said:
"My decision to resign was not driven by political concerns, as I am confident that I would have secured a renewed mandate from the electorate if I sought re-election. Having accepted a full-time professional opportunity in the private sector, it wasn't possible for me to dedicate the necessary time to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this office.But then there was This:
http://www.cheboygancounty.net/__library/4-26-11_Committee_of_the_Whole_Meeting_Minutes.pdf and this:
A note that dealing with Lennox came at a cost:
"time spent by county officials and employees dealing with matters relating to the drain commissioner which totaled over $112,000 since the beginning of 2009. He said this is not actual out of pocket costs but reflects employees time that could have been used for something else.And the guy running the Lennox recall effort didn't even want to suspend it until the drain commission position was verified as a vacancy.
And one of the commissioners said
"Mr. Lennox has used this office for personal political gains and has a habit of constantly coloring the truth to his advantage. He said he believes Mr. Lennox has been unethical and immoral at least and unless he takes a 180 degree turn he is unfit for any office"
Time plods onward, and none of this slows the young artist from his next stops.
Lennox aligned himself with Saul Anuzis early on. During one particular stop of the MiGOP bus to Traverse City, Lennox pleaded for help in advancing the 25x25 plan, which Anuzis was a paid shill for. Lennox echoed Saul's words, and was obviously working with the former committeeman, or possibly enamored by him. That particular association made it no surprise that he was in proximity of Santorum sign removals nearby a Romney event.
Saul as many who read this blog should be aware, orchestrated the dele-gate scandal, and was drummed out as RNC committeeman from Michigan for his part in the late night affair that former AG Mike Cox called "Third World Voting".
Since that time, Lennox has been like a shadow to Saul, using him to regain access to the floor in the Florida RNC convention each time he was tossed by security. The casual viewer watching the convention could barely get a video shot of the floor without Lennox having his face in view of the cameras. One attendee commented that he was in fear of the much taller Anuzis walking the floor, but then stopping too fast, and receiving an implant of Lennox' face in his posterior in the process.
It is unknown if that ever occurred.
Since that embarrassing loss by Romney, Lennox, along with others who he associates, began their own brand of disinformation of why the loss happened. Ignoring the historic hand sitting of conservatives, they blamed the Tea party for being too rigid. Something that gets us to this point today. Though there are little things like the Lennox Authored "Mackinac declaration", and other attempts at his 'defining' what the MIGOP is, and inserting his own importance, its the pretense that he represents the party, both locally and otherwise that becomes most irritating.
It is a 'two-fer' in some ways however. It takes advantage of a schism in the party and inserts an issue of questionable leadership by a man who successfully ousted Anuzis. Looking out for Saul's backside, Lennox gets both national attention as the homosexual Marriage debate is sparked, and he can 'avenge' his friend who has paid dearly for Dele-Gate. Lennox looking for a way to elevate himself using the pain of others saw Agema's Facebook post as an opportunity to do both.
While we wait for the supposed list of the offended Republicans that Lennox had presented in his demand for resignation, we can ponder whether he can continue to fool enough low information types with a little political 'flash'.
And now excuse me while I go re-aim my cameras to protect my vehicles. and that new set of tires.
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+ with only a handful of vote to spare:
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+ his own personal advancement.
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