Robert Davis: Union Activist or Just Plain Exasperating?

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Robert Davis has once again garnered another mention on The Detroit News website.  This time he has fired off a letter which was submitted Monday to the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette contending that multimillion-dollar consulting contracts approved by Kevin Orr the Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit violate the state’s emergency manager law and that a retroactive contract approved for Orr’s former law firm, Jones Day, does not comply with the State of Michigan’s constitution.

A spokesperson with Bill Schuette’s office, confirmed Davis’ complaint was received and “will be reviewed in accordance with our standard procedures.”

Davis enjoys the appeal of grandstanding.  He has become a poster child for such activities.  The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and other media tag him with being a Union Activist.  In looking back at the majority of his court filings, they have absolutely nothing to do with any union.  He does get credit for having one of the most tenacious basement boiler plate operations when it comes to submitting letters and filing court cases. 

Davis also gets the yearly award for ‘You Win Some.  You Lose Some’.  He is nothing short of being like that pesky mosquito that keeps buzzing around the head of Detroit that just will not go away.  He has filed numerous law suits, letters and complaints about various subjects.  Here is the short list of some of them:

  • Lawsuit: Governor has no authority to interview Detroit EFM candidates
  • Emails show link between Duggan and Detroit Emergency Manager decision
  • Judge rejects most Open Meetings Act claims in Detroit emergency manager lawsuit
  • Activist requests probe of Detroit’s no-bid contracts
  • Robert Davis wants Dan Gilbert’s gaming license revoked for Quicken PAC donation

Davis does have his own boiling pot of hot water that he is bathing in.  Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen MacDonald deemed that Davis filed a lawsuit frivolously. He had filed a series of lawsuits challenging state intervention under the emergency manager law in both Highland Park and Detroit.  He was then ordered to pay $40,356.60 for the school district and EM’s attorney fees and court costs.

Robert Davis has also been indicted by the federal government and is awaiting trial in federal court on allegations he stole money while he was a board member at Highland Park Schools. He was indicted April 5 on charges that he personally gained more than $125,000 from the cash-strapped school district by submitting false invoices for advertising between 2004 and 2010. Davis denies the allegations, claiming the suit is politically motivated.

So what is Robert Davis?  A Union Activist or is he Just Plain Exasperating?


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