Lawmaker Expelled From GOP Caucus For Post About Budgets

LANSING, MI (AP) – A Michigan lawmaker says she’s no longer welcome at House Republicans’ closed-door caucus meetings after criticizing legislation on Facebook.

First-term Rep. Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell, who’s also running to be Republican National Committeewoman, posted a comment Thursday saying House Speaker Kevin Cotter informed her that a recent Facebook post violated the “sanctity of the caucus.”

Gamrat made the post in question while attending a Wednesday “budget workshop.” In the post, she referenced listening to subcommittees review their budgets. She expressed frustration with achieving “free-market” solutions when the starting point is “more and more government programs being funded.”

The legislation cleared House subcommittees weeks ago.

Gamrat denies revealing anything confidential from the meeting. Cotter spokesman Gideon D’Assandro says he can’t confirm Gamrat’s expulsion, saying “what happens in caucus stays in caucus.”

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