Michigan Assistant A.G. Fired, Accused Of Harassing Gay Student
Andrew Shirvell (pictured at a September anti-gay rally), an assistant attorney general in Michigan, has been fired after targeting, online and in person, Chris Armstrong, a gay University of Michigan student, and then lying about it to investigators. Attorney General Mike Cox says Shirvell “repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately used state resources.”
Cox said he concluded that Shirvell’s dismissal was warranted due to actions “unbecoming a state employee”…
Cox said he wasn’t firing Shirvell for “exercising … First Amendment rights, (however) unpopular (the) positions might be,” but for persistent and personal harassment.
According to Cox, Shirvell showed up at Armstrong’s home three times — including once at 1:30 a.m. Cox said that this early morning visit, especially, showed that Shirvell was intent on harassing Armstrong, not just exercising his right to free speech.
Among the accusations against Shirvell:
- Calling the office of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where Armstrong worked, “in an attempt to slander Armstrong” and get him fired.
- Trying to “out” Armstrong’s friends — some of whom were not gay — as homosexual.
- Harassing Armstrong’s friends while out socializing in Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan.