Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr.'s Facebook post causing stir
11:11 PM, Jan 31, 2014
11:34 PM, Jan 31, 2014
(WXYZ) - Detroit City Council President Pro-Tem George Cushingberry can't seem to stay away from controversy.
Now it is a Facebook post that is getting him attention.
It said - "The Detroit Fire Department is the best bed and breakfast place to work. Especially for young people. Apply today!"
It sparked outrage.
More than 100 comments on Facebook from around the country criticized him. Firefighters called him disrespectful.
Family members of fallen firefighters commented that they wished their loved one worked somewhere as safe as a bed and breakfast.
"Looks like the councilman is trying to put out some fires of his own on his Facebook page," read one comment.
7 Action News reached out to Cushingberry about the post. He responded that it was a misunderstanding, a "bad choice of words".
He wrote in a private Facebook message that a staff member made the post.
As the anger continued to escalate Cushingberry or his staff member tried to respond on Facebook, commenting on his post saying quote "Cush has the DFD back."
"We're working under adverse conditions," said Detroit Firefighters Association President Jeffrey Pegg. " We're hoping things improve through mediation but comments like this hurt the optimism."
The virtual heat may have been too much for Cushingberry. Late Friday night the page posted that it would be going inactive. A message to 7 Action News from his page said, "I will not be posting anything else for Mr. Cushingberry. He is getting a dedicated person to do this part of social media. I am moving on to something else."
This isn't Cushingberry's only controversy.
In just one recent incident Detroit Police allegedly found marijuana and an open container of alcohol in his vehicle during a traffic stop earlier this month.
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