A recording of State Rep. Todd Courser planning to coverup his affair with his fellow Tea Party Michigan Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat has surfaced. Both are married and have children. Both oppose the Supreme Court’s ruling making it legal for same-sex couples to marry nationwide.
Courser instructs aide Ben Graham to send an anonymous mass email to Republicans that would accuse Courser of paying for sex with a man behind a Lansing, Michigan nightclub to conceal his relationship with Gamrat.
Courser said in one of the recordings that 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.”
“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 aide Ben Graham.
The Detroit News reports:
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 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.
The Huffington Post reports:
Courser and Gamrat are both strong supporters of traditional marriage. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in June, Courser said it was a “crushing day for those who believe in traditional marriage and traditional morality.” In advance of the ruling, he introduced legislation that would prevent anyone other than clergy members from performing marriages.
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) called for Courser’s resignation, saying he is “completely unfit” for public office after being caught “using taxpayer dollars to abide and assist his gross misconduct.”
“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,” Miller said in a statement. “This behavior is a slap in their face, especially from someone who presents himself as a moralist.”
“The fact that he was asking staffers to basically cover up for him and these young kids who were just getting started in their careers and compromising them in that way is really just shocking,” said Bobby Schostak, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. “It’s crazy, the whole thing.”
“If they’ve done something to break the law or break House rules, I think the honorable thing would be for them to resign,” said Rep. Al Pscholka, a Stevensville Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “I hope folks know this isn’t what happens in the Legislature every day.”
“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 counties tea party group, according to The Detroit News.
If either of the couple’s marriage breaks up over their affair, somehow the gays will be blamed. We can see that he already had plans to deflect from his adulterous affair by setting up a fake gay-sex story.
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