LANSING – Former Republican lawmakers Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, have been charged with crimes stemming from the couple’s sex and email scandal. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, has charged Courser with one count of perjury as well as two counts of misconduct in office. Gamrat has been charged with two counts of misconduct in office.
The two Tea Party and “family values” leaders fell from grace in August of 2015 when the Detroit News revealed audio recordings of Courser planning to “inoculate the herd” from revelations of his affair with Gamrat by sending a bizarre email alleging he had been caught having sex with a male prostitute behind a Lansing night club.
In mid-September, after a marathon session of the state House, Courser resigned from his post and Gamrat was expelled by a vote of the body. Both sought to receive their party’s nomination to fill their own open seats following the resignation and expulsion, but failed to win the primary special election in November 2015.