Andrew Shirvell, the Michigan Assistant Attorney General who waged an ongoing campaign of homophobic slander against an openly gay student government leader, has been fired.

Shirvell was a political ally of Attorney General Mike Cox, and had even served as Cox’s campaign manager in a past election. But today Cox said in a statement that Shirvell had “repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior, and inappropriately used state resources” in his harassment of Michigan State student assembly president Chris Armstrong. In addition, Cox said, Shirvell had “lied … several times” to AG staff investigating his conduct.

Cox stood by Shirvell when the Michigan Daily first wrote of his bizarre behavior, but placed him on disciplinary suspension when the story broke in the national media.