Lawmakers weigh in on Gamrat/Courser sex scandal

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The House was in session today and for the first time since their sex-scandal went public.

Representative Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were in attendance, but neither had much to say about their affair.

“When you have a situation where we’re moving forward with more taxes, more spending, more government.. You need people who are willing to stand and be able to do that,” Todd Courser R-Lapeer County said. “Even though I’m having personal situations.. It’s important to do the things that we’re responsible to do.”

Cindy Gamrat chose to share her comments elsewhere, asking Minority Leader Tim Greimel if she could apologize at a Democratic caucus meeting. He declined, however accepted a written statement from her.

“I don’t know of a single instance when.. Since I’ve been elected and served in the House..that a member of the Republican Caucus has come into the Democratic Caucus to speak to us,” Greimel said. “The letter was read by a member of the caucus and we moved on to other issues.”

Many have called for both Courser and Gamrat to step down from their positions, so far, neither have…

And while the major focus outside the Capitol doors has surrounded the sex-scandal between the two, lawmakers say it’s not getting in the way of how things are getting done inside.

“Why is it a distraction? It doesn’t change my day 1-iota.. Q: are they allowed in this caucus? A: “They aren’t apart of this caucus. Haven’t been.”

Governor Rick Snyder also weighed in on the issue.

“It’s a terribly unfortunate, both in terms of the personal cost to their families and then the investigations ongoing, potential misuse of state funds,” Governor Snyder said. “I can tell you work is getting done.. I’m working hard and I know other people are working hard also.”

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