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Postby Mad Max » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:22 pm

Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat apologizes for affair, denies role in email cover-up

LANSING, MI — Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat on Friday apologized for her role in a Capitol sex scandal but said she has not decided whether to resign or stay in office.

"I am sincerely sorry I have disappointed so many by my actions," Gamrat, R-Plainwell, said Friday during a press event at the law office of attorney Andrew Abood.

Flanked by her husband, Gamrat made her first public statements since last Friday, when audio recordings surfaced suggesting that she and state Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, had attempted to cover up an extra-marital affair.

Emotional from the onset, Gamrat expressed contrition but said she believes an ongoing House investigation will show she did not misuse taxpayer resources or break any state laws.

"Although I am not proud of my personal conduct, in regards to my position as state representative of the 80th district, I believe that an open and honest investigation will vindicate me," she said.

Gamrat acknowledged that she has considered resignation but said she has not made any final decisions on that front. She plans to return to work next week.

"I respect the opinion of those that would like to see me resign," Gamrat said. "For now, I believe the best path is for me to move forward, and I intend to continue to represent my district to the best of my ability."

The House Business Office is investigating whether Gamrat and Courser used staff or other state resources to hide their affair.

Courser, as heard on audio recordings by a former staffer, plotted an email accusing himself of doing drugs and having sex with a male prostitute, an apparent attempt to distract from the truth.

In the May 19 meeting at his Lapeer law office, Courser reportedly took a call from someone he identified as Gamrat, and both lawmakers reportedly met with a shared staffer the next day in her official Lansing office.

Gamrat denied any involvement in the email, saying she has since seen only parts of it and finds it to be in poor taste.

"I did not author nor assist in sending the email in question," Gamrat told reporters. "I was unaware this email was sent and also of its content until a reporter pointed it out to me."

Courser and Gamrat, tea party favorites and avowed social conservatives, had shared office space and staff since taking office in January. Gamrat said that arrangement, which was designed to "eliminate redundancy and save taxpayer dollars," has ended. She called her current relationship with Courser "professional."

Rumors of their affair had been spreading around Lansing for months, and Gamrat said she had already been in marriage therapy with her husband. Her family has been great throughout the ordeal, she said, crying as she discussed her three children.

"They don't deserve what's come upon them," she said. "I take full responsibility, so I just want to thank them."

Abood, an attorney who Gamrat retained this week, said in a Friday morning radio interview that he expects the findings of the House probe to be "a lot less damning than what everybody has suggested."

Staffer Ben Graham, who recorded the conversations in which Courser asked him to send the email, ultimately declined to do so. He and Gamrat aide Keith Allard were fired in July. Another staffer, Josh Cline, quit working for Courser and Gamrat in April.

Gamrat acknowledged that a former staffer had been fired, but attributed the move to complaints from constituents. "Under no circumstances was anyone on my staff terminated because of a personal indiscretion on my part," Garmat said.

State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, whose 26th district covers Allegan County, responded to Gamrat's press conference and apology by reiterating her belief that both lawmakers should resign.

"I agree that everyone deserves forgiveness, but this isn't about forgiveness. This is about her ability to effectively do her job. And when you've lost the support of even your biggest supporters, it's time to step down," said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton.

"As long as Cindy and Todd remain in office they will be distractions from the real issues facing Michigan. Legislators should be fixing problems, not providing fodder for late-night talks show hosts. The soap opera has gotten too big, and as long as they remain in office the focus will be on them, not the issues."

Courser, in an audio statement and a series of social media posts, has made clear he has no intention to resign. He has alleged that a blackmailer threatened to expose the affair if he did not leave office, leading him to send the salacious email in May.

Gamrat, asked if she had been contacted by the alleged blackmailer, said she has forwarded any texts she has received to state police.

Josh Cline, a former staffer for both lawmakers, has scheduled his own press conference for Monday afternoon in Royal Oak.

http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/08/michigan_state_rep_cindy_cours.html


I'm sure she'll eventually claim that Jesus personally granted her a mulligan and therefore the world has to forgive her.

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Re: Headlines

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:57 pm

A story in the Freep today also characterized both Courser and Gamrat as shitty legislators: Hard to get in touch with, unresponsive to constituent questions/complaints.

I guess that's consistent with the tea party philosophy of limited government.
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Re: Headlines

Postby The Conscience » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:30 am

The Suburban Avenger wrote:A story in the Freep today also characterized both Courser and Gamrat as shitty legislators: Hard to get in touch with, unresponsive to constituent questions/complaints.


Wouldn't that describe about 90% of the political class?
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Re: Headlines

Postby middle aged female » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:07 am

Mad Max wrote:
Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat apologizes for affair, denies role in email cover-up

LANSING, MI — Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat on Friday apologized for her role in a Capitol sex scandal but said she has not decided whether to resign or stay in office.

"I am sincerely sorry I have disappointed so many by my actions," Gamrat, R-Plainwell, said Friday during a press event at the law office of attorney Andrew Abood.

Flanked by her husband, Gamrat made her first public statements since last Friday, when audio recordings surfaced suggesting that she and state Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, had attempted to cover up an extra-marital affair.

Emotional from the onset, Gamrat expressed contrition but said she believes an ongoing House investigation will show she did not misuse taxpayer resources or break any state laws.

"Although I am not proud of my personal conduct, in regards to my position as state representative of the 80th district, I believe that an open and honest investigation will vindicate me," she said.

Gamrat acknowledged that she has considered resignation but said she has not made any final decisions on that front. She plans to return to work next week.

"I respect the opinion of those that would like to see me resign," Gamrat said. "For now, I believe the best path is for me to move forward, and I intend to continue to represent my district to the best of my ability."

The House Business Office is investigating whether Gamrat and Courser used staff or other state resources to hide their affair.

Courser, as heard on audio recordings by a former staffer, plotted an email accusing himself of doing drugs and having sex with a male prostitute, an apparent attempt to distract from the truth.

In the May 19 meeting at his Lapeer law office, Courser reportedly took a call from someone he identified as Gamrat, and both lawmakers reportedly met with a shared staffer the next day in her official Lansing office.

Gamrat denied any involvement in the email, saying she has since seen only parts of it and finds it to be in poor taste.

"I did not author nor assist in sending the email in question," Gamrat told reporters. "I was unaware this email was sent and also of its content until a reporter pointed it out to me."

Courser and Gamrat, tea party favorites and avowed social conservatives, had shared office space and staff since taking office in January. Gamrat said that arrangement, which was designed to "eliminate redundancy and save taxpayer dollars," has ended. She called her current relationship with Courser "professional."

Rumors of their affair had been spreading around Lansing for months, and Gamrat said she had already been in marriage therapy with her husband. Her family has been great throughout the ordeal, she said, crying as she discussed her three children.

"They don't deserve what's come upon them," she said. "I take full responsibility, so I just want to thank them."

Abood, an attorney who Gamrat retained this week, said in a Friday morning radio interview that he expects the findings of the House probe to be "a lot less damning than what everybody has suggested."

Staffer Ben Graham, who recorded the conversations in which Courser asked him to send the email, ultimately declined to do so. He and Gamrat aide Keith Allard were fired in July. Another staffer, Josh Cline, quit working for Courser and Gamrat in April.

Gamrat acknowledged that a former staffer had been fired, but attributed the move to complaints from constituents. "Under no circumstances was anyone on my staff terminated because of a personal indiscretion on my part," Garmat said.

State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, whose 26th district covers Allegan County, responded to Gamrat's press conference and apology by reiterating her belief that both lawmakers should resign.

"I agree that everyone deserves forgiveness, but this isn't about forgiveness. This is about her ability to effectively do her job. And when you've lost the support of even your biggest supporters, it's time to step down," said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton.

"As long as Cindy and Todd remain in office they will be distractions from the real issues facing Michigan. Legislators should be fixing problems, not providing fodder for late-night talks show hosts. The soap opera has gotten too big, and as long as they remain in office the focus will be on them, not the issues."

Courser, in an audio statement and a series of social media posts, has made clear he has no intention to resign. He has alleged that a blackmailer threatened to expose the affair if he did not leave office, leading him to send the salacious email in May.

Gamrat, asked if she had been contacted by the alleged blackmailer, said she has forwarded any texts she has received to state police.

Josh Cline, a former staffer for both lawmakers, has scheduled his own press conference for Monday afternoon in Royal Oak.

http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/08/michigan_state_rep_cindy_cours.html


I'm sure she'll eventually claim that Jesus personally granted her a mulligan and therefore the world has to forgive her.

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Amy Schumer once did a sketch about what it would look like if a woman in politics was caught in a sex scandal and the husband had to stand there as a prop for the press conference.

I wonder if she has a little blue dress?
Also, her husband should take a swing at her with a lamp.
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Re: Headlines

Postby guest » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:41 am

...Courser reportedly took a call from someone he identified as Gamrat, and both lawmakers reportedly met with a shared staffer the next day in her official Lansing office.


that's hot
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Re: Headlines

Postby RoryKasel » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:21 pm

She looks like she's resisting the urge to violently drive a pen into his ear canal:

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http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/p ... /71921892/
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Re: Headlines

Postby Shark » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:16 pm

guest wrote:
...Courser reportedly took a call from someone he identified as Gamrat, and both lawmakers reportedly met with a shared staffer the next day in her official Lansing office.


that's hot


The audio (of which they played in its entirety today) was so awesome. His ringtone noise for her when she called his cell was the boiiiiiiing sound effect. I think people in the next building heard me laughing today.



Watching the proceedings the past two days had been way more fun than listening to the usual sports talk on the radio.

He came across as pretty phony in person today too. Rep. LaFontaine called him out on it. That ruled.
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Re: Headlines

Postby The Beav » Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:55 am

Shark wrote:He came across as pretty phony in person today too. Rep. LaFontaine called him out on it. That ruled.


A douchebag getting called out by a cunt.

Yup. I said it.
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Re: Headlines

Postby Mulligan » Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:46 pm

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Shark wrote:He came across as pretty phony in person today too. Rep. LaFontaine called him out on it. That ruled.


A douchebag getting called out by a cunt.

Yup. I said it.


He has one of the most punchable faces I've seen in quite a while.
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Re: Headlines

Postby middle aged female » Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:24 am

Mulligan wrote:
The Beav wrote:
Shark wrote:He came across as pretty phony in person today too. Rep. LaFontaine called him out on it. That ruled.


A douchebag getting called out by a cunt.

Yup. I said it.


He has one of the most punchable faces I've seen in quite a while.

And I with the cunt would get her eye fixed
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Re: Headlines

Postby Shark » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:47 pm

Expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat has filed to run in the special election for her old seat.
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Re: Headlines

Postby The Beav » Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:33 am

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Expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat has filed to run in the special election for her old seat.


How in the world could this get any better? Her idiot constituents re-electing her!
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Re: Headlines

Postby Craig » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:11 am

The Beav wrote:
Shark wrote:
Expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat has filed to run in the special election for her old seat.


How in the world could this get any better? Her idiot constituents re-electing her!


Sounds exactly like most of the entire Legislature before term limits were introduced. Teola Hunter, anyone?
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Re: Headlines

Postby RoryKasel » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:00 pm

Shark wrote:
Expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat has filed to run in the special election for her old seat.


Aaaaaaaaand they're off!

Courser announces plans to run for his old seat
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/p ... /72397320/
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Re: Headlines

Postby middle aged female » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:04 pm

RoryKasel wrote:
Shark wrote:
Expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat has filed to run in the special election for her old seat.


Aaaaaaaaand there off!

Courser announces plans to run for his old seat
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/p ... /72397320/

I can picture Lapeer County re-electing this tool. He's their kind of guy; a back-country hypocrite
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