The former Michigan Tea Party legislators whose affair exploded into national news thanks to a bizarre cover story will face criminal charges for lying to investigators. Shortly before their affair was exposed, the pair had introduced a trio of bills intended to block same-sex marriage from being enacted. Click On Detroit reports:
The Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday criminal charges are being filed against former state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. Courser and Gamrat were expelled from the House during the summer of 2015 after it was revealed the two were having an affair. Moreover, Courser was accused of trying to cover up the affair with an elaborate story. His former aides said Courser enlisted their help in the cover-up.
An investigation has been ongoing since the state officials were expelled. Schuette said Courser will face four felony charges including felony perjury for lying under oath while testifying before the House Select Committee. If convicted, Courser could face up to 15 years in prison for the perjury charge. He also faces three counts of misconduct. Schuette said Courser’s law license could be put under review. Gamrat is charged with two counts of misconduct in office. She could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Courser had attempted to throw the press off the track of his affair by using an aide to plant a counter-story about him having been caught in an alley with a male prostitute. At that time, his Michigan House campaign site proclaimed these words: “One man, one woman, for life!” (Tipped by JMG reader TJ)