|Ben Graham, far right, with Keith Allard, second from right (Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson)|
By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
Lansing is buzzing after the main staff members for State Representatives Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser have left. Keith Allard and Ben Graham are no longer on staff, and questions (and rumors) are running wild about the situation. Were they fired, or did they quit? What is going on to cause such volatility in the office Gamrat and Courser share?
The move is immensely disappointing. Courser and Gamrat share staff, and Allard and Graham were the core of that staff. Graham has been with Courser for many years, as was Josh Cline, who left after just a few weeks on the job. Allard is well known in the liberty movement after his State House run in 2014, and his previous work with Justin Amash.
Gamrat and Courser have been the subject of intense rumors over the last few months, and it is unclear if any of those rumors have something to do with the mass staff exodus. No one involved would talk to WMP about the situation.
"Key Staffers For Gamrat, Courser Depart
The two key House staff members for Rep. Todd COURSER (R-Lapeer) and Rep. Cindy GAMRAT (R-Plainwell) parted ways with their employers today, MIRS has learned.
Keith ALLARD, a former House candidate himself, technically worked for Gamrat and Ben GRAHAM for Courser, but since the two liberty-minded freshmen have shared resources since taking office, the two ended up conducting functions for both.
Their departure signals an end to the original trio that started with the two conservative House members in January. Joshua CLINE resigned a couple months ago.
Courser hired one full-time staffer, who conducts a lot of business in Lapeer, about a month ago. Gamrat hired a part-timer about the same time, MIRS has learned. A review of House records show both Allard and Graham received raises within at least the two months."