Councilman Cushingberry answers pot, strip club allegations in rhymes

George Cushingberry Jr.
George Cushingberry Jr.

If cheesy two-line rhymes are your thing, George Cushingberry Jr. may be your lyrical king.

The newly elected Detroit City Council president pro tem is not cowering from allegations that he tried to flee police after leaving a strip club Tuesday – just hours after he told the Detroit News to “go to hell” for writing a critical editorial about his divisive demeanor. Officers said they found an open intoxicant and pot in his car. 
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“We never saw a tit. Fox news is full of ___t,” reads a post on his Facebook wall, alluding to allegations that he was leaving a strip club, Starvin’ Marvin’s, at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Cushingberry, who also is accused of nearly striking officers with his car, said he did nothing wrong and was the victim of racial profiling.

Since becoming a councilman, Cushingberry has used rhymes to get across messages. When he was vying to become president of the council, he launched a campaign called “Push Cush.”

Cush & ObamaMayor “Duggan and Cush will lead the Push for a Better Detroit,” Cushingberry posted, using the hashtag “#pushcush” and handing out neon green shirts reading, “I Push for Cush.”
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But after striking a secret deal with Councilwoman Brenda Jones, Cushingberry became president pro tem in exchange for supporting Jones as president, prompting him to respond, “Jones and Cush will lead the Push for Change in Detroit.”

Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley wrote that Cushingberry was certain to create an embarrassing environment at city hall.

Cushingberry responded: “Dear Mr. Finley, you can sing your song, because Brenda and the Council will prove all of you wrong!”

And then this morning, Cushingberry, an outspoken advocate of legalizing pot, presented a one-line idea on Facebook to help Detroit pay for pension obligations: “Pot funded pensions is worth an honorable mention.”
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In 1975, Cushingberry became the youngest state House representative at the age of 21 and later became a Wayne County commissioner.

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.