March 18, 2014 - 1:42 PM
KELOWNA – A Kelowna councillor known more for his policies than for his way with the ladies found himself in the middle of a playful appeal for his company at council Monday.
It started when Coun. Maxine DeHart took time at the end of the meeting to share how she spent some of her weekend.
“Councillor Hobson and I had a date on Saturday night,” she said. “His wife’s away and Chris (her husband) went to the hockey game so we were delighted to attend the Okanagan Historical Annual General Meeting together. It was really a delightful evening.”
When Coun. Mohini Singh raised her items, she said she would attend the meeting next year, but on one condition.
“I’ll go next year but only if Councillor Hobson is my date,” she said.
“No he’s my date,” said DeHart, raising laughter from the other members.
“I love it when the ladies fight over me,” Hobson replied without skipping a beat.
Robert Hobson is council’s longest serving member. He was first elected in 1988 and has served 20 years as chairman of the Central Okanagan Regional District board. He is married and has three children.
Late last year he hinted at his retirement and has not confirmed if he will be running for re-election in 2014.
The camaraderie displayed at Kelowna council is in sharp contrast to the snippy, even hostile, confrontation between two members of Penticton’s City Council meeting this week.
Councillors John Vassilaki and Wes Hopkin traded insults Monday after Hopkin implied Vassilaki was a barnyard animal during a discussion about backyard chickens.
“You’re an ass,” Vassilaki replied.
When Hopkin said he was only joking, Vassilaki told him to “grow up.”
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