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SAGU student reports campaign manager asking for dates

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WAXAHACHIE - Chuck Geshlider, the campaign manager for Waxahachie City Council candidate Joey Dauben, was accused of propositioning a SAGU girl during polling of students Feb. 19.

Christine Bottles, the public relations director for Dauben, said the incident related the facts as Geshlider being approached by Waxahachie Police Officer Mike Lewis and campus security Thursday night, Feb 22, after school officials called Dauben and notified him of the allegations.

Geshlider was ordered to leave campus and given a criminal trespass warning because of the allegations.

'Last week during an informal campaign event at my school, our entire campaign team, including Geshlider, were on campus at SAGU registering people to vote and giving out ideas on how best to raise money for the campaign,' said Dauben.

A young lady took offense to a campaign manager suggesting she go on a date with Dauben to raise funds. Dauben's wanted it noted that she was not the first girl whom this innocent proposition was made. The 'dates' were to be used as fundraisers, said Geshlider, who is a member of the Constitution Party, which bills itself as the nation's only pro-life political party. 'I was polling students Monday to see if we could raise funds for Joey's campaign,' Geshlider said, noting that Endahl had not entered the race until Thursday,' he said. 'The school did the same thing last week with a diversity club by auctioning off male student dates. The money went to a great cause. I don't know what this girl's problem was. It was blown way out of proportion. We had a great conversation with the students about the pro-life movement and the campaign, and we strategized on ways to raise money.

'Not only that, but the theological discussions were very educational. There are some brilliant minds on that campus.'

The Dauben camp contended there were a dozen witnesses to this incident and the young lady proceeded to tell Geshlider that Dauben would have to speak in tongues before being able to date her. As a member of the newly-formed Texas Right to Life chapter in Ellis County, Dauben has said he would help organize the pro-life movement, as well as organize the campaign to bring awareness to those issues.

'We are building the organization to stop the abortions in this county,' Dauben's stated.

Dauben, a Midlothian High School graduate, former news reporter for The Ellis County Press and a past candidate for Midlothian School Board, was no stranger to election controversy. In a 2005 run for U.S. Congress against Joe Barton, the marketing major made national headlines when he tried soliciting campaign cash in exchange for dates with single women. 'I'll admit the campaign is controversial to start with; I'll admit I do a lot of things to provoke people, but this is one time where a situation was taken totally out of context,' said Dauben.

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