Michigan Tea Party Rep: I Made Up That Gay Hooker Story About Myself Because I Was Being Blackmailed

The Detroit News reports:

Embattled state Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, sent his own audio tape early Monday morning, saying he sent a false e-mail about paying for gay sex because he was being blackmailed. The long and rambling audio tape blames his former staffers, Ben Graham, Josh Cline and Keith Allard, for colluding with the Lansing “mafia” establishment to bring him down. And it didn’t work, he said, because he’s decided to stay in office to expose the “political shenanigans” that are happening in Lansing. “The e-mail was put in motion to disrupt the blackmailer and give me some clues as to the surveillance of my life. It was all done in a pressure cooker and … it put me in a situation where a bad choice was the choice that I made,” he said, noting the alleged blackmailer’s intent was to get him to resign.

Courser goes on and on about Jesus in the clip.

RELATED: Here’s what Courser has to say about gay marriage.

This decision will be a toe hold and from this decision we will see many more decisions that curtail our first amendment rights of free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, and of course freedom of conscience. This decision will unleash the power and scope of government to further society by its power of persuasion and its hammer of threat of governmental persecution. Every regulatory apparatus of government will be focused henceforth on indoctrinating children and the greater society that same sex marriage is moral and every bit accepted, preferred to traditional marriage. Anyone who disagrees with this new paradigm will be vilified as a homophobic bigot. Some of these activists are the most intolerant viscous hate mongers who will demonize anyone who opposes their tyrannical agenda. It works and virtually none are left in elected leadership who will now stand and oppose them publicly as they destroy our rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. If we do not act now we will see public officials, pastors, and private citizens alike being limited in what they can say or do. The effects of this decision, many unforeseen, on our nation and the world will echo through the end of time. It will destroy and tear down families and with it our social fabric of our society. We are indeed living in the last days. May God discipline and correct the hearts of our countrymen and in so doing may He once again bless the United States of America!

  • Reality.Bites

    This will not end well for Mr. Courser.

  • At least he’s taking personal responsibility for this clusterfuck.

    • David Walker

      We will discover the true meaning of “paranoid” when it’s discovered that his office staff had nothing to do with this.

  • Todd20036

    Um, who was it that said If you ever find yourself in a hole, it’s best to stop digging?

    • Reality.Bites

      Josh Duggar?

      • barracks9

        FTW, and ewww.

      • Jake

        I love you

      • Todd20036

        Gods. You have a sick sense of humor. Come sit on me!

      • ScottJL

        Oh, come on, what’s wrong with sharing a few holes with family members?

        Donut holes people, donut holes, sheesh, get your minds out of the gutters.

        • noni

          Trump said there’s blood coming out of Meghan Kelly’s donut hole.

          Ms Kelly clarified that it was her sugar hole.

      • fuow

        You win the Internet for the week.
        Now, please excuse me while I go wash my eyes out with battery acid.

      • Mcflyer54

        Josh Duggar? The same Josh Duggar who was a great friend of, and hired by, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council? The same Josh Duggar who cost him family hundreds of thousands of dollars when their television show was canceled because of his admitted child molestation? The Josh Duggar whose was photographed with every 2012 GOP Presidential candidate and who still, after being exposed as an admitted child molester, was supported by Mike Huckabee?

    • GunnaHurt

      Depends on whose hole you’re in. Sometimes I just keep banging away.

      • BudClark

        ThankyouveryMUCH!

  • Comixbear

    Okay, so he’s not responsible for the email…or the lies…or the affair…Yep, the party of responsibility strikes again!

    • clay

      Oh, I read that as he’s entirely responsible for the email; he just wanted to see how it got leaked. That way he could see who was blackmailing him into resigning. Still no mention of the shenanigans in his own political office.

      • Mcflyer54

        Actually I think it’s much more convoluted than that. This just seems to be the first thing that came to his mind. I’ve followed the story since it broke on Friday (I may well have read everything available on line). We’ll know more about the truth (and Todd) when Cindy Gamrat comes forward. Cindy must be getting way better advice than Todd because she’s had enough sense to stay out of the spotlight and keep her mouth shut. Howerver, she’s bound (and will be forced) to come forward sooner or later, especially if Todd continues with these ridiculously unbelievable excuses.

    • barracks9

      I read a great comment recently about fallen Teapocrites, about how supporters of louts like Courser rally around him with cries of “Well, Satan always picks the high profile targets to bring down”. Really, people? Satan is the one that made him cheat on his wife with a married woman, all because he’s a politician? I don’t think so…

      • PLAINTOM

        The devil makes them do it 🙂

        • BudClark

          Make me, bitch … (just let me get my clothes off first).

      • Mcflyer54

        Yet they can never seem to explain why Satan has so much more power than their all mighty God …

        • Heh, an in-law was trying to explain to me that Satan runs the world. I told her, “well then God is either very weak or very stupid or a sadistic asshole to allow that to happen.” She’s never brought up bible shit again. : )

          • Mcflyer54

            I got that same explanation/argument from my adulterous, holier-than-thou, bigoted, homophobic, hate filled brother. It really says a lot about their God, his “almighty” power and their “faith”.

          • It’s almost as if they’ve never stopped to actually think about it all.

          • Mcflyer54

            On issues such as this I believe that they consider “thinking” to be blasphemous. They must never question (or even think contrary to) what is presented to them as the gospel.

          • IamM

            Rationalization. Motivated reasoning. They don’t question their beliefs and their main, probably sole, criterion for judging an argument is whether it reinforces their point of view.

          • “Reason is the Devil’s whore!”

          • Chucktech

            LOL, Tom!

          • Judas Peckerwood

            Thinking is for sinners!

          • Sean Taylor

            you could have put a period after think.

          • BudClark

            “Think?”

            What is this “think” of which you speak?

            It is not an activity which I have observed Republicans engaging in.

      • lattebud

        God give us free will. He chose to have an affair due to an ego issue, an emotional need, and/or his libido. So stop blaming satan. He is too busy demonizing people whose parents played with a Ouija board in 1972,

        • lymis

          And, you know, whatever your opinion on a second-martini during that business trip grope and whoopee session, the fact is that this was a long-term, ongoing, widely known affair on the public dime and included deliberate choices like combining their offices and staff and scheduling intimate time during working hours.

          Blackmail is wrong. Some indiscretions are none of anyone’s business. But to a large degree, if you don’t want to be blackmailed, don’t do things that people might blackmail you for.

          And don’t base your political credibility on your own moral uprightness if you don’t want it biting you in the ass.

      • motordog

        I blame Loki…or maybe Huitzilopochtli. I suppose they may have been working together. Actually, they WERE working together! That’s my ‘sincerely held religious belief’ ™, and anyone who disagrees had better expect a long series of poorly spelled, angry emails from me and the (presumed) millions who agree with me…and maybe even a completely ineffectual boycott or two!

      • Stev84

        Teapocrite. Gotta remember that.

      • grada3784

        So does that mean that Satan comes after us because we just so fabulous? And morally we;re on a par with the best of the Christians?

  • The Professor

    Loving the new site! And especially loving a little Schadenfreude for breakkie!

  • clay

    He should be more careful throwing around the term “political shenanigans”.

    Uhm, I don’t believe in demons, so it’s more likely his side who are saying I’m demonic.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Right, because every word that comes out of his mouth is the truth. What a liar.

    If he stays in office, his bigoted statement should be rewritten to reflect that children might be learning about the acceptance of the sin of adultery, something that is mentioned far more frequently in his book. And something that impacts and destroys far more families than marriage equality.

    • David Walker

      I think this calls for a mighty dose of “Do as I say, not as I do.” That’s in the bible, right? Book of Numbers. Oh, not THOSE numbers? Damn. Well, at least he’s not lying. Oh, wait.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        It’s galling that these people are paid with taxpayer dollars, David. I know he was voted in, but how high is the tolerance level for such liars? Must be pretty high in tealand. I guess the “sin” of being gay is the only sin they care about. All others are overlooked and accepted. It highlights what they’re really about; bigotry and absolute hatred toward the LGBT community. It has nothing to do with morals or religion.

        They should be on their knees figuring out why they hate so much and how they can be forgiven.

        • David Walker

          First, though, they have to acknowledge that they hate at all. Their hate and their disgusting “religion” are as much an addiction as alcoholism…and they are truly nasty drunks. In my opinion. I make that pronouncement and have nothing to back it up. At least I acknowledge that. As for me being a living, breathing example of sin, cool.

  • Tell me again about the superior morality of christianists. What a total scumbag hypocrite lying piece of shit. “Now lemme remind you about those awful sinful qweers destroying us good christians!”

  • Ninja0980

    As they say, the coverup is worse then the crime, something this POS is learning the hard way.

  • bkmn

    Yet another lying holier than thou sack of shit.

  • Marc

    All of this leads me to believe he did pay for gay sex behind a Lansing dumpster. This cover-up was to cover up the initial cover-up.

    • zhera

      I’m thinking that’s too clever for such a simpleton.

      • Marc

        Good point.

    • Mcflyer54

      I don’t know that the gay sex thing is real but the buzz in Michigan political circles seems to be that there is far more to the story that what we’ve heard so far. Apparently Mr. Courser isn’t getting very good advice since he seems to want to continue to fan the flames. This time I don’t think it’s over until the blond lady sings – and she eventually will if Courser doesn’t shut up soon and continues to rant on about foolishness like blackmail.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Funny, but that’s exactly the thought that I had. He was not only having an affair with that Gammy rat, he was also getting some dick. Isn’t it amazing that the sins that moralizing, busybody, so-called Christians commit are never the sins that bring on the wrath of God.

    • Arkansan

      If he paid for gay sex behind a Lansing dumpster he really was a fool, I know dumpsters where it can be had for free.

      • rusty57

        Do tell…

  • Any candidate who talks about being in the “Last Days” has NO business being in politics to begins with.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Totally agree. Anyone that believes that natural disasters are divine punishment for “sin” shouldn’t be in politics either in my opinion.

      • Mcflyer54

        Amazing though that the “sin’ causing the natural disaster is never one that they themselves have committed.

      • Captain Jack
        • Smartypants

          Goldwater was far right, but he was still rational. The current religious paranoia and Tea Party fears are a recurring theme throughout U.S. political history. There is a classic essay, The Paranoid Style in American Politics that laid this out during Goldwater’s 1964 campaign. Here’s the link — it’s well worth a read to put the today’s nuttiness in perspective: http://harpers.org/archive/1964/11/the-paranoid-style-in-american-politics/

        • Mcflyer54

          Ironic isn’t it that Barry Goldwater was once considered the father of modern conservatism? He was also a very strong supporter of gays serving in the military and non-discrimination laws against gay people. Great article:
          http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/daily/may98/goldwater072894.htm

          • Goldwater was a result of Eisenhower-era conservatism, which consisted primarily of keeping your checkbook balanced, raising your kids to be moral, and minding your own damned business.
            It would seen that modern-day conservatives forgot all three.

          • Halloween_Jack

            He’s as responsible as anyone for Reagan being known as anything but a relatively minor actor. Reagan made a political infomercial, “A Time for Choosing, that aired shortly before the 1964 election, which raised his own political profile immensely even as Goldwater went down to defeat by a huge margin. (You can think of it as the equivalent of Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.)

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Raise your hands if this was unexpected…. No one? Well, then.

    A liar blaming others for his lies and then pretending to hide behind their cultural and religious superiority. Imagine that

  • Ronald Ibach

    When will the general public finally realize just how bat shit crazy these teapublicans are?

    • BearEyes

      if they haven’t by now, I’m not holding my breath.

      • Todd20036

        I think it’s an up-or-down kind of thing. The 75% of Americans who have even a foot on the ground realize the stances of the tea baggers. The remaining 25% love this sort of shit and are as crazy as the candidates in the GOTP

        • fuow

          Unfortunately, the 25% are the ones who vote 100% of the time.

          • Mcflyer54

            Great (and accurate) point.

      • fuow

        You beat me to it.

    • Mcflyer54

      Looks as though many of the baggers are being replaced by the Trumpsters.

      • Chucktech

        At least Trumpsters don’t have the jesus springing forth from their lips ad nauseum, so that’s an improvement.

    • fuow

      I’d not hold my breath.

    • BudClark

      Kinda hard when news has to be written and read at a 6th grade level … or is it down to 5th grade level these days?

  • “It’s everyone’s fault but mine.”

    • David Walker

      One of the most popular mantras in all christendom.

      • olandp

        It is more accurately, “I’ve been forgiven.”

        • BudClark

          “How con-VEN-ient!” (h/t to Church Lady)

      • Chucktech

        Actually, I think that might be “It’s Satan’s fault, not mine.”

    • Mcflyer54

      That appears to be the way Todd’s working it. Good luck with that!

  • Gigi

    Reminds me of the guy who, instead of admitting in front of his wife and mother at the airport that he had a dildo in his suitcase after it turned on and was vibrating loudly, told security that it was a bomb. Duh!

    • Chucktech

      Jesus fucking christ, ANYthing but the dirty, filthy sex thing…

  • “goes on and on about Jesus in the clip” – Well, maybe that’s half of his fucking problem! The other half is, he’s a total scumbag beyond any kind of redemption and needs to be locked up to protect children from his chosen lifestyle of corruption, lying and adultery.

  • Todd E.

    The effects of marriage equality will ‘echo through the end of time’….ummmm…..can you say ‘Drama Queen’….? I thought you could!

    • David Walker

      Happily, since he knows we’re in “The Last Days,” that won’t be for long.

  • The Larry Mac

    Man, I hate those viscous hate mongers. So thick and syrupy.

    • McSwagg

      The hate flows down like molasses from on high and mucks up the plans of all the self righteous.

      • BudClark

        Popcorn with molasses … YUM!

  • Mike in Texas

    Todd, it’s not nearly as difficult as you make it out to be. If you don’t want to be vilified as a homophobe, just stop saying and doing things that vile homophobes say and do.

    • Mcflyer54

      Too easy yet way beyond his limited mental capability to understand.

      • BudClark

        Why is there a faint odour of popcorn in my living room?

  • Stev84

    Because nobody could ever believe that an anti-gay politician is caught with a male hooker. That has never happened before.

    People are having great fun on their Facebook pages by the way. Cindy Gamrat has an ad up that says “Partner with Cindy”, which of course just begs to be mocked now.

  • HZ81

    Oh, honey — the call is coming from inside the house.

  • zhera

    What a couple of morons.

    So he’s adressing the false e-mail but not his infidelity?

    • IamM

      The whole point of the email was to distract attention from his infidelity.

  • Ginger Snap

    So he’s going to file charges against his blackmailer and the proof will come to light? This is going to get way way more messy.

    • David Walker

      Yo, TLC! New idea for a series here.

      • William

        Don’t give them any ideas.

    • Mcflyer54

      It ain’t over till the blond lady sings. And you can bet she’s got a song.

  • geoffalnutt

    Which lie are we believing again? I forget. Maybe we shouldn’t believe anything you say. There, that’s better.

    • Mcflyer54

      My mom always said “why would you ever decide to believe a proven liar?”

  • LovesIrony

    courser is a homophobic bigot

  • MarkOH

    “This decision will be a toe hold and from this decision we will see many
    more decisions that curtail our first amendment rights of free speech,
    freedom of religion, freedom of association, and of course freedom of
    conscience.”

    Yeah, like lying to protect you cheating on your wife? Horrors. Such restrictions on freedom of speech

  • Larry Larson

    “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    • Reality.Bites

      And he should know, as a lot of men lied with him.

      (Yes, I know it’s a lot of men lay with him, but that wouldn’t work)

  • Adam Schmidt

    When you point a finger at someone saying that they’ll demonize anyone who disagrees with them right after you call them “the most intolerant viscous hate mongers”, you kinda undercut your message there. You know… by demonizing people.

  • octobercountry

    Sounds like the fellow was doing just fine himself with “destroying and tearing down families,” without bringing marriage equality into the mix. What a hypocrite; I just have no patience for these supposed “Christians” anymore.

  • Mcflyer54

    Basically he did it because he’s an idiot. This guy just keeps getting crazier and crazier. This ridiculous “explanation” makes just about as much sense as his original gay prostitute story. During his run for office a flyer was discovered claiming he was a child molester. Courser said the flyer was turned over to the police to investigate (the police have no record of such a flyer) and the source of the flyer was never discovered – buzz now is that he originated that phony scandal also in order to claim a smear campaign was being conducted against him.

    Shame on Courser & Gamrat for humiliating, embarrassing, disrespecting and dishonoring their spouses and they children. Best thing for both of these stupid politicians is to resign, remove themselves from the public spotlight and try to repair their broken and badly damaged families. I cannot imagine the pain all seven of their children much be going through.

    These two bible quoting religious teabaggers should now turn to their bibles and see what God told Moses about adultery (and the applicable punishment). It’s a quick and easy read :

    Leviticus 20:10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”

  • lattebud

    Was he reading Eugene Delgadio’s newsletters to come up with this fabricated story? Or did they work on it late at night via Skype together?

  • lattebud

    Soon to be ex-representative Courser, your staff didn’t “bring you down.” You engaged in unethical and may be even criminal activities. Your staff should be applauded for serving the residents of Michigan by shining a light on your actions.
    You know.. that whole transparency thingee you tea party patriots rave about?

  • Mcflyer54

    How long until he blames Obama?

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Hmmm. I’m sorry, Todd, but I don’t believe you. I think you are starting to regret outing yourself and so now you are trying to backpedal. (See Larry Craig pleading guilty to toe-tapping a cop and then trying to walk it back.) Besides your major gayface, which I generally try not to give too much credence too, outside other evidence, there is that major rant of yours about same-sex marriage ruining the universe until the end of time. So, Todd, I think you’re lying.

  • fuow

    He’s nuts.
    Even by the very low standards one must apply to christers, he’s nuttier than a fruitcake.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Well, they say the crazy ones are the hottest sex…

    • Reality.Bites

      Well I think getting kicked out of the Michigan State Republican caucus is a pretty good indicator you’ve gone beyond the bend.

  • William

    Were “They” holding his poodle hostage?

  • Mcflyer54

    Blackmail? Most normal people, with no skeletons in their closet and nothing to hide, would have simply gone to the police. But that probably never occurred to a fine upstanding Christian gentleman like Todd Courser. Better that he set up a sting, which ultimately humiliated, embarrassed, and demoralized himself, his wife, a coworker, the coworkers husband, and seven innocent children. Yep, that makes perfect sense.

    Once again a politician whose cover-up is worse then their crime and may ultimately be their undoing.

    • Tor

      And he didn’t even get to rise very high in the office-holding pecking order before it happened. I’m sure he was holding this for when he became a US senator.

  • RobynWatts

    Shorter Courser: “The Devil made me do it……..”

    Another proud example of Teapublican hypocrisy.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Honestly, I can’t follow his logic.
    Perhaps another coffee will unravel this bizarre riddle.

    • McSwagg

      I’ve had three coffees and the story gets crazier with every cup.

    • IamM

      Don’t count on it.

    • noni

      You need a Teabagger to interpret for you.

      Hint: he is a persecuted christian. He’s has prayed and is forgiven.

      Only God knows the truth!

      Praise Be!

    • TampaDink

      Coffee didn’t help me understand. Next step, I’ll try to unravel this mystery with vodka.

  • Smartypants

    The first version of this story to break said he made up the gay hooker story so the adulterous affair with a fellow legislator story would sound tame (and survivable) by comparison. Since that strategy appears to be backfiring, my guess is he’s making up the blackmail story to provide an distract from the lying, cheating low-life story.

    • Mcflyer54

      We’re more likely to get the truth when Cindy Gamrat comes forward. So far (probably with good advice) she has remained quiet. However, the more crap Courser puts out there the more likely she’ll come forward with at least her version of the truth.

    • William

      He should buy the dress shop and not tell Ricky.

  • McSwagg
  • noni

    His monotone says untreated mental illness.

    aka religion

  • noni

    Gay marriage ruined his marriage.

  • noni

    So we’re left with a mystery blackmailer?

  • anne marie in philly

    STFU, asswipe; you were caught and now you gotta pay! bwhahahahahaha!

  • rusty57

    Goodness, I don’t know what to believe anymore.

  • grada3784

    Sort of like a Michigan Susan Smith.

    • TampaDink

      Except that this time, the two fatalities will (hopefully) be the political “careers” of these two teabaggers.

  • Gerry Fisher

    No matter how you look at it, Courser is a brave hero who must, MUST remain in office for the good of the country. Until the next election, that is.

  • Sean Taylor

    I Made Up That Gay Hooker Story About Myself Because I Was Being Blackmailed

    genius

  • Traxley Launderette

    The GOP in Lansing, as well as pretty much anyone involved in state government, learned what kind of batshit loonball they were dealing with when Courser moved into his new office (which he conveniently shared with Gamrat.) Courser removed all the electrical outlet plates, looking for bugs and cameras. He requested that ALL his state-supplied office furniture be replaced with NEW furniture. He also wanted a wall moved. His requests were denied.

    That didn’t stop him, however. He went ahead and removed all his furniture himself. Building administrators told him to put it all back immediately. Courser then claimed that it was Keith Allard, one of his staffers, who moved everything out. Allard was on Twitter today and denied Courser’s claim.

    What a lying sack of shit this ass is.

  • BudClark

    I’d tap him.

    For cash.

    Lots of cold, hard cash.

    No credit cards or personal checks, please.

    • DOZBOYZ

      You filthy thing