Every politician has his enemies; Councilman Mike Nelson apparently has a lot and keeps piling up more.
It recently was exposed on the SBPBCivic.org forums that Councilman Mike Nelson, had his former Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Varley post to various websites including this site under the guise of City Insider. Every post that was ever written by Robert Varley aka “City Insider” was seen and approved by Mike Nelson. The identity was always a secret, which was important, since City Insiders opinions should never be linked back to Mike Nelson.
Varley left his position as Deputy Chief, under good terms in February 2008, and the forum account has been un-used by Varley since. However since February a Norman Chesler, who was a close friend of Mike and his wife Shela Nelson, had began commenting on GerritsenBeach.net. He has been threating that he would reveal things that will be detrimental to the Nelsons and others. However, it should be known that Chelser is someone who who’s admitted making the $56,000 in payoffs to Clarance Norman, the former chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party. Clarance was convicted of three felony counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions during his 2000 and 2002 re-election campaigns for his seat in the New York State Assembly and is currently serving a jail sentence. Chesler although his credibility is close to nil due to his illegal dealings, he still could say some damaging things.
Other than Chesler people have been saying some nasty things about Mike and Sheila Nelson. According to Varley the Nelsons then took action, blaming him for the nasty comments, then outing him as City Insider on the Forum as another poster because according to Varley “maybe that would make those nasty comments go away”.
Varley who attempted for days to get in contact with Mike Nelson took his story public.