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Michigan Asst AG Andrew Shirvell Fired for Anti-Gay Cyber-bullying of Chris Armstrong


Michigan Assistant Attorney General was fired at a hearing today, the Detroit Free Press reports:

Armstrong A hearing that was supposed to be held Tuesday was moved up to this afternoon. Philip Thomas said he showed up for the meeting and was read one sentence.

“They said essentially that as a result of Andrew’s conduct, it’s become impossible for him to carry out his duties as an attorney general.”

Shirvell had been criticized for his blog in which he calls Chris Armstrong, the president of the Michigan Student Assembly, a radical homosexual, a Nazi and Satan’s representative on the assembly. Thomas had said his client is expressing his free-speech rights.

Thomas said the firing felt "political" and blamed media attention from the left: "There’s been a tremendous piling on against Andrew. The liberal media started this tempest in a teapot. Andrew’s reaction is that he’s devastated over the loss of his employment."

Said Chris Armstrong's attorney Deborah Gordon: "The next step must be a complete retraction of all the malicious lies and fabrications by Mr. Shirvell, and a public apology to Chris Armstrong, his family and the others Mr. Shirvell has slandered."

In related news, one of our readers pointed out to me last week that we've been covering Andrew Shirvell's anti-gay activities since at least 2005, when Shirvell was raising a stink about a pizza joint in Ann Arbor with a rainbow flag decal on its window that told its customers it was a gay-friendly establishment.

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  1. shrivel clearly needs help-and not of the variety that will, no doubt, be offered him from the right wing sector.

    Posted by: alguien | Nov 8, 2010 4:14:29 PM

  2. Good.
    This should have happened weeks ago.

    Posted by: Chanteur | Nov 8, 2010 4:19:07 PM

  3. Let's hoe next he's disbarred from practicing law. Let him get work at his local Fox affiliate.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 8, 2010 4:26:31 PM

  4. Finally! But I'm afraid this childish Chucky will not be able to step back and use the opportunity for self-reflection.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Nov 8, 2010 4:34:12 PM

  5. Welcome Phillip Thomas to the Fox Family of misinformation.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 8, 2010 4:39:54 PM

  6. I have seen Andrew on television and the internet. If he isn't gay then the Pope isn't Catholic. He has so much self hatred it is really sad.

    Posted by: Harry | Nov 8, 2010 4:43:29 PM

  7. I still have that Dan White/Harvey Milk feeling in my guts. Especially since U.M. had to lift it's ban on Shrivell(lol), I can't help but fear for Chris. I think Andrew's whack-o enough to try something really stupid to hurt that kid. I wouldn't trust Andrew Shirvell as far as I could throw him. Cox needs to be slapped so hard, his mom would feel it, for letting this get this far. This does not bode well for Cox.

    Posted by: Jerome | Nov 8, 2010 4:44:56 PM


    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Nov 8, 2010 4:47:16 PM

  9. About time.
    @Patrick NYC I agree, if Thomas feels this is politics and media hunt from liberals his next move should be Fox.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 8, 2010 4:59:29 PM

  10. He'd be a perfect running mate for sarah palin.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Nov 8, 2010 5:02:33 PM

  11. This little bigoted prick must be hounded from every public sewer he appears in.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 8, 2010 5:12:43 PM

  12. QUICK!!! Hide the Twinkies!

    Posted by: ron | Nov 8, 2010 5:19:35 PM

  13. I agree with Jerome; Shriveled is loony enough to take his loss out on Mr Armstrong. It's too bad he dropped the request for a protective order and the school should not have dropped the ban. I'm not having a good feeling about this. And why does Mike Cox still have a job? Hasn't he proved he's incaplable of managing the AG's office?

    Posted by: mad1026 | Nov 8, 2010 5:20:24 PM

  14. I agree he's a self hating closeted gay.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 8, 2010 5:21:52 PM

  15. This time next year, he'll have one of those "best sellers" the right wing manufactures by buying up huge numbers of books at a discount from the right-wing publisher and pulping them.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 8, 2010 5:36:56 PM

  16. the next thing we will hear is that he has filed a discrimination case. these people feel that spewing hate is a protected activity. how did he get a job in the ag's office with his history?

    Posted by: lk | Nov 8, 2010 5:39:51 PM

  17. Sean Hannity is on the phone setting up an interview right now!

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 8, 2010 5:42:22 PM

  18. So what's justice feel like, Mr. AG?

    He's so clearly in need of extensive therapy.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 8, 2010 5:45:59 PM

  19. Chris Armstrong , get an order of protection. Get the University to ban Shirvell from campus. He is mentally ill. If a woman were being stalked and harrassed by a man in the way you have been, no one today would have trouble realizing that protective measures are appropriate. Please take care of yourself.

    Posted by: Hank | Nov 8, 2010 5:52:37 PM

  20. I'm a bit surprised, these kind of firings are rare. Expect Shirvell to sue and win in civil service court.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 8, 2010 5:54:37 PM

  21. Apart from armchair Freud theories like "Oh, girl, just come out already" or "He's madly in love with Chris Armstrong" is there a specific reason he took to harassing Armstrong?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Nov 8, 2010 6:15:40 PM

  22. I fear for the safety of Chris Armstrong. As far as I'm concerned, Andrew Shirvell is a sociopath. He's seems completely incapable of the smallest amount of introspection. 99% of the public knows this guy is a self-loathing closet case, who's wound so tight there's no telling what he's capable of.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Nov 8, 2010 6:25:05 PM

  23. Hate to say this but how long will it be before this nut job takes a gun and goes after Chris Armstrong?

    Posted by: James PoppingaJ | Nov 8, 2010 6:34:16 PM

  24. Now he has plenty of time to dive into his fantasy self-hate world that *might* justify God letting him into heaven.

    Good. This man clearly has other things other than the best interests of Michigan in his life.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 8, 2010 6:38:54 PM

  25. I too agree with others. I would look into a PPO and take measures to protect myself.
    Now that he's lost his job, I fear more than ever that he will lash out in anger.

    Posted by: Zach | Nov 8, 2010 6:40:27 PM

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