Whitmer says firing Arbulu was the ‘right decision’

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the NAACP dinner | Andrew Roth

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the Michigan Civil Rights Commission made the right call Tuesday night to remove Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Augustin Arbulu.

    The commission voted 5-2 to oust Arbulu over his sexist comments. Whitmer was among dozens of elected officials who called for his ouster. Earlier this month, she booted Arbulu from her cabinet meetings.

    Civil Rights Commission votes to fire Arbulu

    “As the governor previously stated, she believed the Commission needed to go in a different direction. The Commission’s vote to remove the director was the right decision, and it’s an important first step to help the Department of Civil Rights fulfill its important mission going forward,” Whitmer Communications Director Zack Pohl said on Wednesday.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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