Councilman George Cushingberry tells Detroit News: “Go to hell!”

Cushingerry Jr.

George Cushingberry Jr. wasted no time.

Just a day after the Detroit City Council narrowly selected him as council president pro tem – the No. 2 position – the former state lawmaker lashed out at the Detroit News for an editorial questioning the wisdom of making him a leader.

Cushingberry was frank and dismissive in his response in the newspaper’s comment section: “Thank you but Go to Hell is much shorter and gets the point across. The news has endorsed loser after loser for Detroit and I don’t have the time to write an ‘educated’ response because I have a district to represent,” Cushingberry responded

Cushingberry, who became the youngest state House representative when he was elected at the age of 21 in 1975, wasn’t finished and added on his Facebook page: “Dear Detroit News, Go to hell. Go straight to hell. Do not pass go and don’t even think about collecting $200.”

The comments come at a vulnerable time for the city, which is hemorrhaging jobs and services after becoming the largest municipality in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Cushingberry is among a bloc of council members who adamantly oppose state intervention and the appointment of an emergency manager.

Those who supported Cushingberry as president pro tem were Brenda Jones, Scott Benson, Mary Sheffield and Gabe Leland. Cushingberry voted for himself, and he beat out Andre Spivey for the pro tem job.

Cushingberry’s comments to the Detroit News were not received well by many readers, who called the former Wayne County commissioner juvenile, toxic and incapable of holding a leadership position.

“It’s always good when a politician proves an editorial board correct with his or her own words,” one reader responded.

Another said, “Councilman, you are just another pig at the trough on the backs of poor people in Detroit. If you really cared you would never have replied. The old days are gone where attitude it everything. we need forward thinking people to save this city.”

The Detroit News editorial argued that Cushingberry is out of touch and incapable of building bridges.

The council could only have made a worse choice in George Cushingberry Jr. — an old-school political operative and former Wayne County commissioner and state representative. And while council didn’t choose him as president, it offered Cushingberry the No. 2 position. He beat out the council’s former pro tem, Andre Spivey, who would have been the better option.

Brenda Jones, also known as an obstructionist, was elected as council president Monday.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Dust Buster

    Here is another pearl

    ” never make foolish comments in public when you are high on weed, drunk on rum and have stripper stank all over you. also don’t claim to be smart when you filed a suit against wayne state because you couldn’t pass an english proficiency exam”


  • Quantummist

    The People of Detroit get the Government they deserve… If you folks want to Ever claw yourselves out of the poverty and despair you will first have to stop electing those that wish to keep you there….

    • He was elected by one district. And certainly didn’t represent himself to be as insane as he’s behaving. But we’ll try better to be omniscient.

    • bebow

      We don’t all live in poverty and despair. We don’t all deserve clownish elected officials. We also aren’t all uneducated, unemployed criminals. The media feeds the public a steady stream of distorted information concerning Detroit residents living outside of downtown and Midtown, and those who don’t know better consume it without question. I object to your statement and challenge you to do your own thinking. Kevyn Orr would serve us well by terminating compensation for every council member immediately. I’ve seen and heard enough already. How does that opinion work for you, Quantum?

      • Quantummist

        Let me try to explain to you how this works… if you Have 10 people in a van and 8 of them them chose to rob a bank the other 2 get charged… If you are in Detroit (And bud I lived there most of my long life for some time on GR and Calumet and on Stout Street in Brightmoor) … while some of you might do ok it’s the Majority that have voted in your leaders that have destroyed much of the city.. You can pat yourself on the back that your block is cool but I recently took a drive around my old hood… and I stick with what I said…

  • Dust Buster

    so whats the over under on which of these “INCIDENTS” will happen first

    1, cush will crash a city car at 3 am and run away

    2, cush will enter a treatment facility

    3, trying to represent, cush will call a local news reporter a (honky, cracker or blue eyed devil)

    4, cush will be found in a parked city car with his pants undone and a paper bag filled with cash will be on the seat next to him

    5, cush will be caught on tape saying “i needs to get paid…this is the d and this is how we do…nobody suspect me cause im cush so show me that loot and that case of moet

    • Willy

      You forgot #6, Buster: Cush will almost hit some cops with his car, get pulled over outside a strip club, and found with an open container and weed. Then the cops will let him go…nahhhh, that would never happen.

  • Willy

    The clown show continues, unabated…

  • tz1

    response: “I thought we are already there – even though it just froze over…”

  • jamie

    I guess he does not understand Mark Twain’s wisdom when he said “Never get into an argument with anybody that buys ink by the barrel.”

    • I’m so glad you’ve introduced me to that quotation.

    • Dust Buster

      i dont think ink is what cush buys by the barrel

  • bebow

    I’m good with the CAYMC circus staying in full swing, but the show should be free since we’ve seen it so many times before.

  • Aiede

    Onward Christian soldiers…

    • Dust Buster

      only thing missing is if he had on an african smock and head dress. he could have also claimed the police dropped some racist names on him which authorized him to almost run them over and flee. i heard the cops were black and arab but dont let that get in the way when you throw race cards like verlander throws baseballs

  • Ryan Healy

    It’s pretty apt that he went with the Monopoly reference with Gannett and all.

  • Tracey

    Way to keep it classy, Councilman Cushingberry. Looks like the more things stay the same, the more things will stay the same at the CAYMC. And that’s shameful.

  • nitrodrip

    Shame he was elected to serve the district. The voter turn out was abysmal and the other candidate was a better fit for the community and the city of Detroit.

  • MichaelDallen

    Contrary to popular opinion, old George (he’s about 6-months older than I am) is neither a fool nor a crook.

  • Dave Armstrong

    And so the Jones/Cush era of leadership begins, with a bombastic, immature statement.