Asst. attorney general accused of cyber-stalking openly gay college student

The article starts off kind of tame, then boy oh boy does it pick up. Beyond weird. How the state attorney general can keep someone like this on staff…

Andrew Shirvell is an assistant attorney general who helped run Cox’s last re-election campaign. But on his own time, he’s the author of a blog he started last spring targeting Chris Armstrong, the openly gay president of the University of Michigan’s student assembly.

With 27 postings to date, Shivell’s blog is filled with language you’ll never hear him use in a court room, calling Armstrong “nazi like,” a recruiter for “the cult that is homosexuality,” and a proponent of a “racist, anti-Christian agenda.”

In other internet postings, Shirvell’s language has been even stronger: calling Armstrong “Satan’s representative on the Student Assembly,” even posting a photograph with a swastika attached to his face.

“How under any circumstance, regardless of whether or not you agree with somebody’s lifestyle, is something like that defensible,” asked Jones.

“Well, he is promoting a satanic lifestyle, and he is a fierce advocate for it,” said Shirvell.

“By being openly gay,” asked Jones.

“No,” said Shirvell. “By being somebody that’s there to promote special rights for homosexuals at the cost of heterosexual students.”

And get this from the AG:

Attorney General Mike Cox refused our repeated requests for an on-camera interview. Instead, issuing a two-line statement which reads, in part: “I don’t agree with Mr. Shirvell’s tactics, his judgment, or his word choice but nonetheless I recognize his non-work related blog is protected by our Constitution.”

Then, late tonight amidst growing scrutiny, Cox issued a second statement, saying, “…Mr. Shirvell’s immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office are clear.”

Try “creepy.” This doesn’t sound like some guy simply voicing his opinions on a blog. It sounds like someone obsessed. It’s creepy as hell. And really weird behavior for someone working for the state, in the attorney general’s office.


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