Another hanky-panky scandal, this time in Michigan, with bonus corruption
Posted by Charles II on September 11, 2015
Jonathan Oosting, MLive:
Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, embattled lawmakers accused of misconduct and misusing taxpayer resources to hide their extra-marital affair, are no longer representatives in the Michigan House.
Courser, R-Lapeer, resigned at 3:12 a.m. on Friday as the House prepared for a third vote on a resolution to expel him from office.
One hour later, the House voted 91-12 to expel Gamrat, R-Plainwell, making her just the fourth lawmaker ever to be removed from the Michigan Legislature by her peers.
The House Business Office, which launched an investigation last month at the request of Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, had accused both Courser and Gamrat of “deceptive, deceitful, and outright dishonest conduct.”
The freshman lawmakers “abused their offices,” according to an 833-page report made public this week. They directed staff to facilitate their affair, and they also blurred lines between official and political work, a potential violation of Michigan campaign finance rules.
“These two members have obliterated public trust,” said Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan… and each day that they continue here, they reduce the public’s trust in this institution.”
Republicans seem to be making a lot of firsts lately.
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