State Attorney General Launches Bizzare Internet War On Openly Gay College Student

SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
This is just about the weirdest thing I've read in a while:
Here's a curious test case for any public servant pondering a sideline as an online political activist. An assistant state attorney general for Michigan has created a blog devoted to discrediting the University of Michigan's student body president, who is openly gay.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has called student Chris Armstrong a "pervert" and "Satan's representative" on his blog, and admits to protesting outside the 21-year-old's home. He scours Armstrong's Facebook page and Armstrong's friends' Facebook pages and posts defaced photos of Armstrong on his site.

"You might wonder how is this man still employed in the attorney general's office," CNN's Anderson Cooper observed in a Tuesday-night segment on Shirvell.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, Shirvell's boss, provided a written statement to CNN calling Shirvell's opinions "his alone," not those of the AG's office. "But his immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office are clear," Cox's statement added. Cox declined to comment further.

State laws protect employees' rights to express political opinions in off-hours.

"This is not some national figure, this is a guy who's running a student council," Cooper said.

Shirvell argued that Armstrong is a "political figure" and that as a concerned alum of the university he has a right to express his displeasure with Armstrong's support for gender-neutral campus housing. Armstrong supports such housing for transgender students who haven't had sex-reassignment surgery, CNN says.

Cooper suggested that Shirvell seemed obsessed with Armstrong.

Shirvell replied: "Chris Armstrong is a radical homosexual activist who got elected, partly funded by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, to promote a very deeply radical agenda. ... His biggest issue is gender-neutral housing."

Denis Dison, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which helps gay political candidates mount campaigns, tells the Upshot that Armstrong was an intern at their offices two years ago and went through candidate training at that time, but has received no funds from them. They do not endorse student government politicians.

He continued: "I've protested outside of his house, yes. ... I'm a Christian citizen exercising my First Amendment rights."

Armstrong -- who told CNN he has hired a lawyer but provided no details -- had not publicly addressed the attacks since they began nearly six months ago, but he told the student assembly Tuesday that he would continue to lead the student body.

"I will not back down. I will not flinch. I will not falter. I will not succumb to any unwarranted attacks. What I will do is I will carry on with the utmost pride and vindication," he said, according to the student paper.


Shirvell showed up at the assembly's first meeting to argue that Armstrong should resign his position. According to the student paper, he graduated in 2002 and once called members of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights, "sick freaks" in emails to a member of the group.
The university's alumni association says it has no comment on the matter.
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  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I can think of so many positive things that could be done with that energy instead.
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  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    Good to know that the Assistant State Attorney General isn't so bigoted that his views won't affect his work. :rolleyes:

    (I am really in a sarcastic mood today. Sorry!)
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,754Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sounds like that AAG is mentally/emotionally unstable.
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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users Curl Novice
    My god- what is with all the crazy people!?!
  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Sounds like that AAG is mentally/emotionally unstable.


    that and DEEEEEEEEEP in the closet.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Sounds like that AAG is mentally/emotionally unstable.


    that and DEEEEEEEEEP in the closet.

    My thoughts exactly.
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  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Sounds like that AAG is mentally/emotionally unstable.


    that and DEEEEEEEEEP in the closet.

    that's what i was thinking too. i'd be willing to take bets that sometime in the future there will be some sort of scandal involving this man and his gay lover.
  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    I'm guessing that he has actually wished to be a woman and he is hating that he can't just be who he (I mean she) is that all he/she can do is make a blog to oppose.
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  • WiregirlWiregirl Posts: 1,695Registered Users
    Just saw the video with Anderson and this freak.....no words!:sad11:
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,391Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    They're gonna find a way to fire this guy ASAP...
  • emthefantasticalemthefantastical Posts: 963Registered Users Curl Novice
    methinks another closet door is about to blow off its hinges.
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Denial is a crazy thing.
  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users Curl Novice
    I hope he gets fired and arrested for it.

    Its disgusting behaviour.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,228Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    WTF! Why, oh why, does anyone care who sleeps with whom as long as they are consenting adults? :banghead:

    Anyway, he's a moron, and should be fired.
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    My take:

    Yes, I agree that the AAG is deep in the closet.

    Also, his conduct is unbecoming of someone in public office. I'm tired of people who spend so much energy caring about what a consenting adult does in the privacy of their own home. I'm surprised he hasn't been fired yet, though if it is found that he's consorting with male prostitutes, or some such thing, he wouldn't be fired fast enough.
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