(Editor’s Note: Due to a reporter’s error, this story was corrected at 9:40 p.m. to reflect the entirety of a statement from Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, portions of which were erroneously omitted from the original version of this story. )
THURSDAY, March 25 — TJ Bucholz, a Democratic consultant at the center of a sexual harassment scandal at his firm Vanguard Public Affairs, was taken by ambulance to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing this afternoon after an “apparent suicide attempt,” sources told City Pulse.
A well-placed source confirmed the information tonight. Bucholz’s condition is unknown at this time. Officials at the Grand Ledge Police Department confirmed officers were dispatched to near his home in Grand Ledge today but would neither confirm or deny the reported suicide attempt.
Bucholz, 50, is the owner of Vanguard Public Affairs in downtown Lansing. The company does political consulting for mostly Democratic and progressive candidates and issues. Nearly a dozen women came forward this week to paint a picture of a workplace rife with sexual harassment, allegedly perpetrated by Bucholz, as first reported by Chis Savage at Eclectablog.
Among those alleging inappropriate sexual text messages from Bucholz was Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s former campaign manager Chelsea Coffey, who said she confided in Schor that Bucholz was a “creep.” She also said that she left Vanguard shortly thereafter and took a job with the city.
Schor later appointed Bucholz to the Downtown Lansing Inc. Board of Directors even after that conversation with Coffey, but clarified with City Pulse that he had “no knowledge of this pattern of toxic behavior, nor the extent to which it escalated with others.” Schor asked Bucholz to resign from the board after the allegations made headlines. Bucholz has since resigned.
“I was told about an inappropriate message that was sent to a woman and I supported the woman who came to me in the way she requested,” Schor said. “This behavior is completely unacceptable and these allegations need to be treated with the seriousness they deserve. It’s important that we listen to all of the courageous women who are telling their stories.”
Allegations against Bucholz are also documented by the Detroit Free Press. City Pulse has also been interviewing women about their experiences and will follow up with a more in-depth story.