Some of you may remember Andrew Shirvell, the former assistant attorney general here in Michigan who was fired after waging a bigoted and vicious campaign against a former student leader at the University of Michigan because that leader was openly gay. His latest attempt to appeal that firing has failed, and the board that heard the appeal minced few words:
Shirvell was fired for using state resources in his campaign against Armstrong during 2010. Armstrong, who is openly gay, drew Shirvell’s ire to the point where Shirvell created a blog solely dedicated to criticizing Armstrong, including putting a swastika over a picture of Armstrong.
Three members of the state of Michigan Civil Service Commission’s Employment Relations Board disagreed with Shirvell’s argument that his criticisms were an exercise in free speech. Even though Shirvell attempted to paint his dismissal as a political move, the ruling handed down by the board stated he put himself in that position.
“Appellant (Shirvell) has stated that he was thrown under the bus by Appellee (Department of the Attorney General) in the interests of political expediency at the altar of political correctness,” the ruling stated.
“Appellee countered — accurately — that after Appellee had warned Appellant repeatedly that a bus was coming, he chose to walk out in the middle of the road, lie down and wait for the bus to roll over him.”
Shirvell also fired a lawsuit against the target of his hate campaign, but that lawsuit was dismissed. Would it surprise you to hear that Shirvell graduated from Ave Maria Law School, home of the Thomas More Law Center?