Lawsuit claims infighting, ‘buffoonery’ caused WSU to lose debate

A lawsuit filed in Greene County alleges that WSU infighting lost the school the presidential debate. DARIN POPE/STAFF
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A lawsuit filed in Greene County alleges that WSU infighting lost the school the presidential debate. DARIN POPE/STAFF

A consultant who originally helped Wright State University land the first 2016 presidential debate has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the college in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

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John McCance, filed a lawsuit alleging that the Commission on Presidential Debates pulled the event from Wright State because of the “incompetence of certain WSU staff, as well as the epic gross buffoonery and carnival type atmosphere on the main campus with all the infighting and lack of support and finger pointing.”

McCance, who previously served as an adjunct faculty member, had been hired as a contract employee to serve as a liaison to the debate commission.

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In the lawsuit, McCance accuses WSU officials of a breach of contract for terminating his employment before his contract expired, wrongful termination and that WSU created a hostile work environment and inflicted emotional pain.

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