Simmons a poor choice: councillor

The City of Winnipeg can do better than Gene Simmons, a city councillor says.
Coun. Grant Nordman says Gene Simmons didn't deserve Winnipeg honour.
The City of Winnipeg can do better than Gene Simmons, a city councillor says.

The rock star didn't deserve the key to the city he was awarded Wednesday, because while he is a successful entertainer, he is no role model for citizens, Grant Nordman said.

"He openly has talked about, for years, his prowess with women, and I just would suggest that it's not appropriate for us as a city to be endorsing it," Nordman, city council's speaker, said Thursday.

In an email to members of council, Nordman called the Wednesday ceremony at city hall a "ridiculous award."

"I left the building on purpose yesterday to make sure that I was not seen to be part of this idiotic gesture. Who's next? Congressman Weiner?" he wrote, referring to the disgraced New York representative who resigned his seat Thursday in a "sexting" scandal.

The mayor's office said it gives the award to promote Winnipeg and spread the message the city is a friendly and welcoming place. In this case, Simmon's promoters approached the city about recognizing the rock star.