Politics in the workplace

Political debate has gotten so polarized over so long that little surprises us anymore.

But this probably will.

An Arizona firefighter last month refused to respond to the tragic shootings in Tucson, the Arizona Star reports, because he had different political views than his colleagues and “did not want to be part of it.”

It’s not entirely clear what Mark Ekstrum’s problem was because he’s not talking. But he says he voted for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

  • BJ


  • Jim Shapiro

    If one or more of Ekstrum’s colleagues was somehow indicating that they would not fully perform their duty for political reasons, he needs to make a report. But his apology indicates that he had severe emotional/psychological issues, and was correct in removing himself from the situation.