MSU head resigns after saying some Nassar survivors are ‘enjoying’ themselves


Editorial note:  Engler is part of what we call here, the MSU Mafia.”  Heaven forbid, I am a charter member and worked on Engler’s first gubernatorial election  and as an advisor on public safety, corrections, telecom law and welfare reform.

Engler used to hire smart people to talk for him, Gary Wolfram for one but more importantly, Engler’s voice was my good friend Guy Gordon who, some many years ago, showed up dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Some of what was accomplished in Engler’s first term, huge tax cuts, spending reductions, real reforms, were remarkable.  Then John fell under the influence of the DeVos family, yes we are talking Betsy and Blackwater, and the swamp crept back in.

All said, I wish he had held it together, kept his one time great team of advisors around him and gone out of political life without something senseless like this.

I am sure he didn’t mean it but there is no way he should ever have been placed in control of a major university, g-d no, what a disaster.  It wasn’t just his mouth, he left his common sense behind decades ago.  With Gary, Guy or Saul and perhaps me around him, he might have been a contender.g

From the UK Guardian:

  • MSU board vote to make resignation immediate
  • Engler said some Nassar victims were ‘enjoying’ the ‘spotlight’

The Michigan State University interim president John Engler has stepped down amid heavy criticism over last week’s remarks that some survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse were “enjoying” the “spotlight” of their involvement in the worst sex-abuse case in US sports history.

On Wednesday afternoon Engler submitted a letter of resignation saying he would step down next week. But on Thursday, MSU’s board of trustees voted to make the resignation immediate.

Engler’s comments came in an interview on Friday with the Detroit News editorial board where the former Michigan governor said MSU’s Healing Assistance Fund could be focused on students who are not part of the $500m settlement reached last year between the school and the more than 300 women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, a former faculty member and team doctor for the USA women’s gymnastics team.

“There are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight,” Engler said. “In some ways they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition. And it’s ending. It’s almost done.”

read more at UK Guardian

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