Bizarre sex scandal: Cindy Gamrat

Published: August 16, 2015

Bizarre sex scandal: Cindy Gamrat, Rep. Cindy Gamrat faced the media to apologize for her affair with Rep. Todd Courser, but it seems that won’t stem the tide of people calling for her resignation.

Indeed, the chorus of voices calling for both Gamrat and Courser to resign in light of their affair and the subsequent cover-up attempt continues to get louder. Joan Fabiano, a Tea Party activist and editor of Grassroots in Michigan, said they both have to go.

“We will remain consistent in demanding ethical behavior from our elected officials regardless of Party or affiliation,” Fabiano said in a statement. “With the revelations of the past few days, there is absolutely no reason that both Reps Courser and Gamrat should continue in office as their ability to credibly represent their constituents has been abridged beyond repair. However, an investigation should continue in order to discover all misuse of taxpayer funds.”

Fabiano said members of the Tea Party movement in Michigan are working to recruit individuals to run for Gamrat and Courser’s seats, should they resign or be expelled from office.

Among Democrats in Lansing, one of the biggest talking points following Gamrat’s news conference was her decision to bring two veterans from her district to stand alongside her during her remarks.

At one point, Gamrat introduced two constituents who were standing to her right.

“They came to show support, they’re from my district,” Gamrat said. “They both served in the military and when walking through the doors I figured if they can face what they have faced in the military, faced a shooting squad, I can try to face you guys here today.”

Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, is a former Marine and took exception on Twitter to Gamrat’s decision to have the veterans with her Friday.

“Classless move using veterans as props during your presser,” Knezek tweeted. “Comparing your indiscretions to combat service is an insult.”

Democratic political consultant Joe DiSano called the move “tasteless and unnecessary.”

“The egotism and lack of self-awareness on the parts of Gamrat and Courser is epic,” he tweeted.

Republicans in state government were mostly silent following Gamrat’s news conference.

Gideon D’Assandro, spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, simply said “Nope” when asked if he’d like to respond to Gamrat’s statements.

However, one Republican state senator had harsh words for Gamrat.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, said she believed Gamrat would be ineffective in serving her district in a statement sent to The Kalamazoo Gazette.


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