How Jimmy Rosendall did Detroit

How Jimmy Rosendall did Detroit

There are 31 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Feb 2, 2009, titled How Jimmy Rosendall did Detroit. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

The allegations seem unreal to his old business partner -- bribing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the private charter jets to Las Vegas and Mackinac Island, the secret meeting at a Grand Rapids hotel, a payoff ...

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DJL

Deerfield, IL

#1 Feb 2, 2009
I really believe this qualifies him for a high cabinet position in the Obama administration.
If he refuses to pay taxes, that's better for him yet.
mary kay houseman

Fort Collins, CO

#2 Feb 2, 2009
Don't you have any thing better to talk about? Mike Vorce has done a lot worse and is going to probably spend the rest of his life in jail, why do you keep talking about Jim Rosendall. He is a great person with a huge heart, why do you want to drag his name through the mud? Don't you care what this is doing to his wife and daughter? Haven't you guys ever made a mistake before??? God, already forgave him and forgot about it, and it's time the media did to. My husband and I, have always watched TV 8, but I'm about to switch to 13.

“Lucky”

Since: Sep 08

Charm City

#3 Feb 2, 2009
"How Jimmy Rosendall did Detroit"
Sounds like a porn flick.
JDW

Bradenton, FL

#4 Feb 2, 2009
13 is just as bad.

Since: Aug 07

Greater Grand Rapids

#5 Feb 2, 2009
oma2 wrote:
"How Jimmy Rosendall did Detroit"
Sounds like a porn flick.
So it's not just me then.........I wondered if my mind was in the gutter today?
Hurt by the News

United States

#6 Feb 2, 2009
mary kay houseman wrote:
Don't you have any thing better to talk about? Mike Vorce has done a lot worse and is going to probably spend the rest of his life in jail, why do you keep talking about Jim Rosendall. He is a great person with a huge heart, why do you want to drag his name through the mud? Don't you care what this is doing to his wife and daughter? Haven't you guys ever made a mistake before??? God, already forgave him and forgot about it, and it's time the media did to. My husband and I, have always watched TV 8, but I'm about to switch to 13.
I'm with you!!!! Leave these people alone! And quit judging him - only God sits that high. I have switched to TV13.

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#7 Feb 2, 2009
welcome to GR wrote:
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So it's not just me then.........I wondered if my mind was in the gutter today?
Nope! I was just going to ask if that was the male version of Debbie Does Dallas!
NDS

United States

#8 Feb 2, 2009
How did Jimmy Rosendall become JR. Let's figure it out NEWS 8. Jimmy starts with a "J" and Rosendall starts with an "R". Humm...... NEWS 8 is about as sharp as a marble!!!!!

Since: Oct 07

Littleton, CO

#9 Feb 2, 2009
mary kay houseman wrote:
Don't you have any thing better to talk about? Mike Vorce has done a lot worse and is going to probably spend the rest of his life in jail, why do you keep talking about Jim Rosendall. He is a great person with a huge heart, why do you want to drag his name through the mud? Don't you care what this is doing to his wife and daughter? Haven't you guys ever made a mistake before??? God, already forgave him and forgot about it, and it's time the media did to. My husband and I, have always watched TV 8, but I'm about to switch to 13.


I have met his mom and daughter, at the reasturant I work at. He has a wonderful family, and is an awesome guy. These news " reports" are total B.S.
Michigander

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 Feb 2, 2009
He just made a mistake, man. He was just an unbelieavably great guy. I know, I know, he had two million dollar homes, but just made a mistake. Okay so he didn't pay the bank back for 100's of thousands of dollars. Man he was terrific. Don't judge him He gave monies to Kwame...man what a great guy. Will you wake up. Why is this guy a great man for ripping the citizens of michigan off. How many people either loss jobs or got taken for a ride by this dude. Explain to my again why is he so great?
Lisa Swieringa

Comstock Park, MI

#11 Feb 2, 2009
First of all I don't see the point of your station doing this story. Mr. Stapels comments just sound like sour grapes to me. It would be nice if you would talk about the good things that Mr. Rosendall has done for his friends, the church mission trips and projects. There is a good family behind this one sided story. It is too bad that your station is only interested making a story out of nothing.
Government Foe

Royal Oak, MI

#12 Feb 2, 2009
mary kay houseman wrote:
Don't you have any thing better to talk about? Mike Vorce has done a lot worse and is going to probably spend the rest of his life in jail, why do you keep talking about Jim Rosendall. He is a great person with a huge heart, why do you want to drag his name through the mud? Don't you care what this is doing to his wife and daughter? Haven't you guys ever made a mistake before??? God, already forgave him and forgot about it, and it's time the media did to. My husband and I, have always watched TV 8, but I'm about to switch to 13.
Get real. Jim Rosendall did this to HIMSELF. What part do you not understand? He has a big heart when he is bribed. Why should anyone else care about his wife and daughter when he never considered what it'll do to them? How do you know God forgave him? Did God tell you so? Newsflash, you haven't a clue. If he wants the media to leave him alone, then he shouldn't have been a crook. When will people like you get a clue. Don't do the crime and you don't do the time. IT'S THAT FREAKIN SIMPLE
Government Foe

Royal Oak, MI

#13 Feb 2, 2009
Lisa Swieringa wrote:
First of all I don't see the point of your station doing this story. Mr. Stapels comments just sound like sour grapes to me. It would be nice if you would talk about the good things that Mr. Rosendall has done for his friends, the church mission trips and projects. There is a good family behind this one sided story. It is too bad that your station is only interested making a story out of nothing.
A person who is rude to the waiter yet nice to you is still a rude person. UNDERSTAND?

Stephen Grant was a great neighbor and friend to many people. HE SLICED HIS WIFE IN PIECES. Therefore, what is your point? The media is telling the story of his stupidity. As I stated, if he didn't want the bad publicity, he shouldn't have done the crime. WAKE UP! The criminals are always sorry AFTER THEY WERE CAUGHT but they never considered their loved ones or their sorrow prior to that. Get real.
Grand Rapids Guy

Traverse City, MI

#14 Feb 2, 2009
Government Foe wrote:
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\ How do you know God forgave him? Did God tell you so?]
God did tell us

"Take courage my son, your sins are forgiven." ( Matthew 9:2)

"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life." ( John 5:24)

Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
Ephesians 1:7
jay R

Littleton, CO

#15 Feb 2, 2009
NDS wrote:
How did Jimmy Rosendall become JR. Let's figure it out NEWS 8. Jimmy starts with a "J" and Rosendall starts with an "R". Humm...... NEWS 8 is about as sharp as a marble!!!!!
Thats why they make the big buck's!!
While it would take and average person about 1.5 seconds to figure it out, Woodtv spent 10 minutes explaining it!

Did anyone actually listen to how he paid off some of our Kent County Commissioners? or did that get past you?

Maybe these commisioners are looking for work in Obama's administration!
nobody special

Grand Haven, MI

#16 Feb 2, 2009
News 8 is just doing there job.... i don't understand why some of you people are sticking up for these people that are living the "high life" illegally and trying to get away with it! I find it kinda funny how Mary Kay throws Mike Vorce under the bus and sticks up for another crook!! LMAO!! How much money did "JR" bribe you with to write your comment? lol.....
Government Foe

Royal Oak, MI

#17 Feb 2, 2009
Grand Rapids Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
God did tell us
"Take courage my son, your sins are forgiven." ( Matthew 9:2)
"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life." ( John 5:24)
Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
Ephesians 1:7
There's your first mistake...believing in a book of fables. Now, prove it.
Government Foe

Royal Oak, MI

#18 Feb 2, 2009
nobody special wrote:
News 8 is just doing there job.... i don't understand why some of you people are sticking up for these people that are living the "high life" illegally and trying to get away with it! I find it kinda funny how Mary Kay throws Mike Vorce under the bus and sticks up for another crook!! LMAO!! How much money did "JR" bribe you with to write your comment? lol.....
Agreed. IMO, those who stick up for the criminals condone their acts.
Shane Falco

United States

#19 Feb 2, 2009
Jim is a salesman. A salesman's goal / job is to determine whom within a given account is the Decision Maker and then work to establish a relationship with the individual(s) to secure business for the respective company. It sounds like he did that quite well. As with many sales endevours, the customer always wants something in return. When was the last time you purchased a car and settled for just what the dealer was offering? You probably wanted something extra thrown in. We all do. Well in this case there was a Billion dollar contract involved, and at that level a trip to Vegas in chump change and a good investment in the relationship he was building.

If he were selling to an automotive supplier or manufacturer and had done similar things, this would never be an issue! Trust me, it happens daily. Where "JR" made a mistake in Detroit is simple, he neglected to involve the UNION. They were and are the driving force that is trying to get Synagro removed from the contract. Don't forget the fact that KP's relative demanded $1M over 3 years or they would have him killed. Talk about kick-backs.

Corruption..... lets see, hmmmm. Detroit, union, politics... You decide. To me, he just got caught in something a bit larger than he was a custom to. Synagro, on the other hand is a Texas based company, and I'll bet that they are well versed in dealing with larger municipalities than Detroit. They probably helped guide him in his actions, after all, entertainment is a legit business expense and tax write off. Win Win.

In conclusion, the sales guy did his job. Unfortunately for him, the company he worked for didn't and used him as a scape goat.
kwamedidit

Colorado Springs, CO

#20 Feb 2, 2009
I believe that God will / already has forgiven Jimmy. But don't forget "you reap what you sow" when quoting the Bible. Is it possible that Jimmy would not have asked forgiveness at all had he not been caught in his wrongdoing? It is probably good that he got caught down here; I don't think heaven is accepting any bribes.

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