Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, and Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell – Busted for adultery using their office to cover it up. What morons!
This is a big scandal in Michigan and it was exposed by the Detroit News, which is a right-leaning newspaper here in the Detroit area.
Via the Detroit News, where you can hear the recordings made:
Lansing — State Rep. Todd Courser planned the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, according to audio recordings obtained by The Detroit News.
Courser, a Lapeer Republican, said on one recording the email was designed to create “a complete smear campaign” of exaggerated, false claims about him and Gamrat so a public revelation about the legislators’ relationship would seem “mild by comparison.”
Interviews with former House employees and the recordings show freshman lawmakers Courser and Gamrat, R-Plainwell, used their taxpayer-funded offices to maintain and cover up their relationship. Courser, 43, and Gamrat, 42, rose from the ranks of tea party activism, battled establishment Republicans to win seats in the House last year and formed their own legislative coalition.
The real kicker is this:
The pair are socially conservative legislators who often invoke their Christian faith in pursuit of new legislation governing gun rights, abortion and marriage. Their political alliance dates back to Courser’s unsuccessful 2013 race for Michigan Republican Party chairman when Gamrat ran as his vice chairwoman.
But since being sworn into office in January,the self-described tea party “gladiators” have fought with Republican leaders. In an unusual move, Courser and Gamrat wrote a “liberty response” to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in January — the kind of retort that typically comes from Democrats.
In April, House Speaker Kevin Cotter kicked Gamrat out of Republican caucus meetings after she was caught leaking confidential discussions among GOP members. In one of his lengthy emails to people involved in Michigan politics, Courser called the House speaker a “bully” who was waging a “witch hunt” and who was “dead set against (Gamrat’s) efforts to advance liberty and freedom.”
The sad part:
“It will make anything else that comes out after that — that isn’t a video — mundane, tame by comparison,” Courser, a married father of four, told Graham.
During two meetings recorded by Graham, Courser and Gamrat, who is also married and has three children, did not dispute the aide’s characterization of their relationship as an extramarital affair. They acknowledged the aide’s discomfort but neither directly confirmed nor denied having a sexual relationship.
Here’s the deal, if these accusations are true and seeing that it was reported by the Detroit News; they most likely are. These two birds need to resign and I mean right away. This is not only a blemish on the conservative movement, the tea party; but also on the Republican Party in Michigan and the Republican Party and the Christian right as well.
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Update: No sooner than I hit publish, I go back to the Detroit News website and I see that Michigan Rep. Candace Miller is calling for their resignation as well:
Lansing — U.S. Rep. Candice Miller on Friday called for the immediate resignation of state Rep. Todd Courser following a Detroit News report that the lawmaker tried to get a House aide to cover up his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat.
“Based on these revelations, under no circumstance can Todd Courser continue to represent the residents of Lapeer County, who are good, hard working community and faith-based folks,” said Miller, a Harrison Township Republican, in a statement. “This behavior is a slap in their face, especially from someone who presents himself as a moralist.”
Miller’s resignation call came hours after House Speaker Kevin Cotter announced an “open ended” investigation in the conduct of Courser and Gamrat, who are freshman Republican lawmakers with deep ties to Michigan’s tea party movement.
Even the Tea Party people are saying that these two need to go as well:
One prominent southwest Michigan tea party leader also said Friday Courser and Gamrat should step down.
“I think probably the best thing for them to do is resign and get their own personal lives straightened out,” said Gene Clem, president of VanKal Patriots, a Van Buren and Kalamazoo county tea party group.
They’ll be gone by Monday, because this now is a major national story. They screwed themselves; and now they have to pay the piper. Sin does that, it only destroys, why it does not pay to do stuff like this, at all.