Lawsuits don't drain Kokesh's optimism

Lawsuits don't drain Kokesh's optimism

There are 23 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Jul 3, 2009, titled Lawsuits don't drain Kokesh's optimism. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Venture capitalist says he's 'flush with cash' and working through the issues in face of possible foreclosures Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Santa Fe venture capitalist Charles Kokesh's financial empire continues to founder while his son, Adam Kokesh, looks to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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El Viejo Santa Fe

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Jul 6, 2009
Gato wrote:
See what's happening here? Run two stories on the same page, one describing the son's run for a political office and the other smearing his family. This is political partisanship and propaganda, not journalism. An example of the way media is used to skew and influence public opinion. It's the way all news is currently presented and encompasses both the right and the left. You don't get news in any unbiased manner at this point; it's always formulated to achieve a political objective. The end result is a misinformed and polarized public without full knowledge of any significant issue. Propaganda, from all political spectrums, is the enemy of truth. And if, "the truth will set you free", you can see where this is all leading. Be aware, think, don't be victimized.
Since when does Ben Lujan Sr. get to set editorial content for this crummy paper and have it parade as "news"? Afraid to go after the son who is a legitimate hero of the Iraq War (Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V). No problem. Let's go after the rest of the family. Since when is it a crime to be broke or flush with cash or optimistic? Sadly this is typical of the stuff that the "News Dept." sees fit to print.

Santa Barbara, CA

#23 Jan 13, 2010
I don't know if anyone is still reading these threads, but in response to the last posting - I DO know Charlie Kokesh (but not Marla) and I have to agree with the "if you've had even one conversation..." comment. And I knew his son Adam as a chubby kid, so I can't comment there. I also knew his first wife, Barbara, who I hope escaped Charlie with some of her family's assets intact.
Charlie is a very intelligent sociopath who has no regard for the way his actions affect others. He can be very charming when he wants - especially if he wants something from the "charmee". He is a visionary, but has an "alligator mouth and a canary **** ". Lots of ideas - very little real throughput.
I am not at all surprised to learn of his actions in both the Santa Fe area and in Sturgis. It's all vintage CRK. Tight spot? No problem - a few lies, weasel out of a deal, take money from one unsuspecting or non-protesting source and grease another squeaky wheel, complain about a product or transaction, delay wherever possible, dodge, jump, promise. How he continues to bamboozle investors and lenders is beyond me, but I guess we continue to see non-existent "due diligence" everywhere. It's a stretch to blame the credit meltdown on him, but his business ethics put him right there in the thick of things.
I'd like to say "what goes around comes around" (a phrase I first heard when dealing with him), but somehow Charlie has managed to keep the wheel spinning. Maybe the multiple foreclosures will finally rein him in - he deserves it.

Goleta, CA

#24 Jul 27, 2010
I don't imagine anyone will see my post, as the last one here is over a year old, but I DO know Charlie and worked with him. Adam was a little kid at the time.
Charlie is a very bright guy. He's also very insecure, and he deals with his insecurity by intimidating others and taking advantage, legally or not, of whatever assets (his or others) he has available to him. He's a crack shot and I guess a fairly good polo player. I would imagine Nerw Mexico agrees with him.

But his personal skills are not just lacking, they verge on the pathologic. His MO is to entice a good person into his organization and then use that person's skills until they are no longer useful, at which time the person either quits, is fired or moves into some position where interface with Charlie is limited. There is never any team building, and saying "thanks" is a sign of weakness to him. He deserves to reap what he sows, but unfortunately he's a real cockroach, and keeps popping up with a new twist no matter how many times he gets stepped on. Keeping a distance from him is the only way to be sure of not getting screwed - or worse.

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