|Gamrat and Courser (Photo by Dale Young, Detroit News)|
By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat hit Lansing like a wrecking ball, speaking out against leadership of their own party, promoting their own "Contract For Liberty" legislation shortly before being sworn in, cultivating their own response to the Governor's State of the Union, posting their reason for every vote on Facebook...
Legislatively speaking, no other current Representatives have advocated for liberty based policies more fiercely and consistently than Courser and Gamrat. Outside of a controversial endorsement of Ronna Romney McDaniel for MIGOP Chair, they were immensely popular with grassroots conservatives all across the state. But something went wrong, very wrong.
Exacerbated by months of building drama and intense division over Prop 1-in a move instigated by Daniela Garcia and Al Pscholka-Cindy Gamrat was booted from the House GOP Caucus in mid April, another story WMP readers knew before anyone else. At the same time, longtime Courser hand and chief of staff Josh Cline abruptly quit without leaving for another position.
In the coming weeks, Prop 1 would be defeated by a historic 60% margin, and the controversy seemed to fade away. But it resurfaced the week after Prop 1 when Lansing began to buzz about a long rumored affair between Todd and Cindy that led to a dramatic scene at the Lansing Radisson involving the police, Gamrat, Courser, and one of their spouses.
A disgusting and explicit email targeting Courser sent the next week seemed to be the dirty work of a House Dems staffer who was responsible for false rumors about Gamrat and Courser in a Twitter account. However, WMP revealed July 9th that Courser himself wrote that email, and Graham and Allard were terminated in a "Saturday Night Massacre" like firing. I also discovered that the email was part of an extensive cover up of Courser's affair with Gamrat. (I discovered 100% confirmation of the affair a few weeks before that, while checking with multiple sources about the alleged Radisson incident.) Despite someone hilariously telling me "WMP is what happened when MIRS got drunk and high and hooked up with TMZ," I just did not have the heart to publish the affair. TMZ wouldn't have flinched.
Gamrat and Courser are good people. I know them both and truly value their contributions to Michigan, and for advocating the ideals of liberty and limited government. On a myriad of issues, no one defended them more than WMP.
However, having an affair while preaching about the sanctity of marriage, the extensive cover up, firing of quality staff, neglect of constituents, possible use of state resources in the scheme, detriment to families involved, missing votes to cover up liaisons...This is unacceptable, and the people of Lapeer and Allegan deserve better.
Resigning is not easy. I know first hand good people make mistakes and I firmly believe "every saint has a past and every saint has a future." Heck, who knows, Gamrat or Courser may even have a place in Michigan politics one day in the future-look at South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford. He resigned as Governor after a high profile affair and now sits in Congress just a few years later.
There is a time for all seasons, but now it is time Courser and Gamrat resign immediately. That will enable Gov. Snyder to call for a primary in November and the general in March of 2016 during the presidential primary. One of my favorite Bible verses tells me "there's a time for war and a time for peace." Gamrat and Courser are known fighters, but now is a time for peace.
In one of the recorded conversations with Graham, Courser referred to his false flag email as an "inoculation of the herd," referring to his supporters. What a betrayal of the trust of so many... Sorry, Todd- that's one vaccine we'll be passing on. When it comes to injecting Courser's needles of propaganda, don't be a sheep in his twisted herd-be an "AntiVaxxer."
Read more below:
Breaking: Detroit News Confirms WMP's Courser Email Story, Reveals Affair With State Rep. Cindy Gamrat
False Flag? Sources: Courser Sent Controversial Email+House GOP Leadership Knows, No Longer Attends Caucus Meetings
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
|Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson|