He Said-He Said
somebody is not telling the truth.
Don Nugent is a life-long republican and a member of the Michigan
State University Board of Trustees.
Chuck Yob is the former National Committeeman and honcho in the
state Republican party and now a paid political consultant.
Yob and the Nuge go back forty years.
But Nugent reports, "I have a hard time talking to him" now.
Trustee Nugent is in a reelection mode and as he tells his side of
the story, the aforementioned Mr. Yob came to him last January with an
offer: Yob wanted to help run the campaign for a tidy sum of $5,000 a
month. In the course of the exchange between the two veteran GOPers,
Yob reportedly said if Nugent didn't't sign up, Yob would find somebody
to run against him for the board seat.
"We can keep others from running against you," Yob supposedly
"I don't like that way of doing business,' Nugent now reflects
plus he told Yob, "I can't afford you.' Hence, no deal.
So what about this alleged political shakedown Mr. Yob? "That's
not true. That's an outright lie," he emphasized the point.
Yob says he does not operate that way but some others in the
party are not so sure.
Short of forcing both gentlemen to submit to a lie-detector test,
we may never know the truth.
But former state GOP chair David Doyle, who did get the Nugent
consulting contract has his take. "I've know both men for a long time"
and Doyle made it clear he does not want to get into the middle of this
but he did offer this: "Don has never said anything that wasn't 100%
Mr. Yob may think the number is closer to 95%.