LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Rep. Cindy Gamrat says the citizens in her district should have the power to decide whether she stays in office.
Her comments came on the day that a special House panel began to look into charges aimed at her and Rep. Todd Courser that might lead to their removal from office.
Tuesday, the committee’s four Republicans and two Democrats staged an organizational meeting that lasted approximately eight minutes.
Surprisingly, Gamrat showed up. However, she did not testify.
She and her attorney are still waiting on their copy of more than 1,000 pages of documents alleging that Gamrat and Courser misused state tax dollars for their own political purposes and to cover up their extramarital affair.
Gamrat took the offense Tuesday, telling reporters she is not hiding, she is still doing her job and she can still serve the voters from her district.
She also said those voters should be the ones to decide whether she stays or leaves.
“I’m listening to my constituents. They ought to have a voice in this matter. I was disappointed to hear that their voice might be taken way. I think they would be disappointed,” Gamrat told 6 News Tuesday.
“I can certainly understand her concern, but at the same time, we have a responsibility to move on and get this matter resolved, one way or the other,” countered Republican Rep. Kurt Heise, who is part of the House panel investigating the allegations.
Committee chair Ed McBroom says he has not prejudged the two legislators and his top concern is whether public trust is still being met.
“The judgment is there are many troubling questions that the reports brings forward that we need to exam and seek answers to,” added McBroom.
Courser did not attend the session but has issued a 4,000 word statement questioning whether allegations made against him justify expulsion.
The first hearing is set for Sept. 6.