Gun-Toting Clerk Accused Of Bullying Employees In Michigan

bringing gun to workBeing bullied may conjure up images of tough kids on a playground taunting smaller classmates. But it's quite a different scenario in suburban Detroit, where a local government employee stands accused of intimidating co-workers -- and not merely with a gruff attitude.

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon is accusing Clerk George Fitzgerald's of instilling fear in township employees with his demeanor and by routinely bringing a gun to work, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Cannon has asked the county prosecutor to look into Fitzgerald's actions.

Some of the township's employees are afraid of losing their jobs because of Fitzgerald's attitude, Cannon tells the newspaper. "He bullies them."

According to Cannon, the township clerk has "physically and psychologically" bullied workers in the township offices on numerous occasions and has resisted efforts to get him to change his behavior, the Journal Register News Service reports.

For his part, Fitzgerald, a Democrat, denies that he bullies employees and said the investigation is a political ploy on the part of Cannon, a Republican, to remove him from office.

Further, Fitzgerald says that he is breaking no law in carrying the weapon and that no employees have complained about his behavior.

He expresses concern about the charges, adding that his reputation is on the line.

"I try to be a good community leader and make sure our office runs efficiently on behalf of the taxpayers," Fitzgerald says.

Cannon says that he has complaint letters that show employees are concerned about the clerk's behavior, but hasn't produced them. The employees have asked to remain anonymous, fearing for their jobs, he says.

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Carrying a gun to work? Seriously?!!! Look, I understand the antiquated and outdated Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms (in certain circumstances), but just because the law gives you the "right" to do something doesn't mean it's always the right thing to do. Think about it.

January 06 2012 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh come on, he's just a patriotic American making full use of his Second Amendment rights, which are always at risk due to the ongoing threat of tree-hugging, homosexual, Muslim liberal communists in the media. Besides, there's no greater way to keep employees productive than an over-present fear of going postal on them. God bless America and God bless our free enterprise system!

December 18 2011 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where did he get the gun? The incompetent Atty General Holder said in last week's Congressional Hearings, that the thousands of guns the DOJ gave to criminals will cause chaos for many years to come!!

December 16 2011 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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