The Courser Option: Michigan Politicians Allegedly Orders Staffer To Accuse Him Of Sex With Male Prostitute To Conceal Affair With Fellow Politician

COURSER_0115_DSC4624-731x1024Michigan State Representative Todd Courser has an alleged bizarre way of spinning scandal. The conservative Republican ran on a religious right affiliation and was reportedly about to be implicated in an affair with another conservative lawmaker. According to a transcript released by Detroit News was to instruct his aide to implicate him in a sex scandal with a male prostitute. That’s right, it is better to be caught with a male prostitute than a fellow Republican legislator. It could be all part of Courser’s belief in what he calls “God inspired encouragers.”

GAMRAT_0115_DSC4054-681x1024According to The Detroit News, Courser told his aide Ben Graham to send out the bogus anonymous email filled with sensational details. It appears that once the scandal was disproved or blew over, his relationship with fellow state Rep. Cindy Gamrat would seem tame and unnewsworthy. Graham recorded the conversation with Courser who is married with children. Like Courser, Gamrat is a Tea-Party back candidate who is married with children.

Courser is quoted as reading the details for the fake email with the instructions that “You just get nasty about it.” The aide expresses shock and asks “Are you serious? … That’s ridiculous.” Courser is heard responding “I need it to be over the top.”

Graham says that when he refused to carry out the order, he was stripped of his duties and Courser fired him.

Family_With_Dog_800x600Courser describes a life of faith on his bio in the following way:

State Rep. Todd Courser was first elected to serve the 82nd District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. The 82nd District includes all of Lapeer County.

EARLY LIFE
Rep. Courser was born in Flint, Michigan to Daniel and Georgeann Courser, who were married shortly after his birth. When he was 4, Courser was sent to a vacation bible school, which changed the course of their lives, as first his mother and then his father, found salvation in Jesus Christ. Shortly afterwards, his family moved to a small family farm in Lapeer, Michigan. Both of his parents had grown up in difficult family situations and wanted a different experience for their family.

Daniel and Georgeann Courser were not only loving and nurturing parents, but they were followers of Christ, which was reflected in their lifestyle. Although they did not have much money, they operated their home as a place for all who needed compassion and love. They did not receive any resources for this and had no government involvement. They acted selflessly, as loving, God inspired encouragers. Todd Courser grew up in this household, with his brother, his 2 sisters and however many lost souls found their way to the Courser doorstep. The family would feed them, mend them, wash them up a little spiritually and then watch them get their feet back under them as they would go back out into the world when the timing was right. Courser learned that money, accomplishments and positions that the world tends to value, were not as important as advancing God’s plans for him to do the right things for the right reasons.

Aside from the family farm, Courser grew up with his father’s meat business. His father considered savings to be 3 chest freezers full of meat in his view of the world at that time. His mother attended college, ran a daycare, cub scout dens, church events, attended her children’s sport events and worked nights as a waitress when needed to make the finances work. Courser does not remember ever living in a household without other people, who were not related, there.

The love and compassion that Courser’s parents emulated shaped the “religious” part of Courser, one of genuine faith.

Cindy_Head_shot_from_meetingFor her part, Gamrat also ran on her faith and commitment to God and family:

It has been an incredible and humbling journey over these last few years and would not have been possible without the hand of God, the love of my family, and the help from all those who have supported me.

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy but I believe together, and with God’s providence, we can conquer any rough or rocky areas that present themselves on the path between us and the precious gift of liberty.

What is most interesting is that Courser’s clever plan has drawn more attention to the scandal than would have occurred otherwise. It is certainly true that both would look like hypocrites in the eyes of their constituents. However, they would not be the first such politicians caught in affair. Courser however has added a bizarre twist that places both politicians in not only greater national exposure but a rather unhinged, desperate light.

Ironically, Courser was right in one respect. Few people are really that interested in the original affair.

117 thoughts on “The Courser Option: Michigan Politicians Allegedly Orders Staffer To Accuse Him Of Sex With Male Prostitute To Conceal Affair With Fellow Politician”

  1. Nick Spinelli
    1, August 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm
    90 comments to date. Almost half[43] made by 2 people.
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    Nice contribution there Nick…
    You appear jealous or left out.

    Need attention?

  2. MrDickens
    We have to laugh at a man who got caught with is pants down. Literally.
    Odd how his claim comes AFTER the tapes were released to the public of his scheme.
    Or, does he really think himself to be THAT much of a victim?

  3. Annie
    ” The ruse was to deflect from an affair with a female Republican.”
    = = =
    The ruse was to strip LGBT people basic Rights while framing himself as a target of the gay mafia…
    This is why he had to plan it out so. The distraction of his affair wasn’t why he chose to make himself the target of a LGBT smear campaign. His “out” was admitting it was used to cover an illicit affair. His “purpose” was to make himself a victim for sympathies within his own Party!

  4. I don’t know how this is a joke to all the American Exceptionalists on here. This is the quintessential American politician. Throughout history…

  5. MrDickens

    Great, try this one. OK then try that one. Yeah, a conspiracy; let’s go with a conspiracy. There were two of them, big guys, no make that three of them, real big guys. Yeah, that’s the ticket, a conspiracy. What no crucifixion?

  6. The flick, Groundhog Day comes to mind whenever Isaac talks about W. BDS and OCD. Not a good combo.

  7. “crucifixion is in order here…”

    OK, all politicians come with an enlarged ego. Just about all, no all, are weasels. Clinton had an enlarged ego, an enlarged libido, and was a weasel. However, he was a great President and the country was lucky to have him and still have him. The little cowboy had an enlarged ego, was stupid, and was gullible. Words cannot describe the shame. However, they didn’t draw parallels to JC. This guy is way, way, over the top and certifiably nuts. He is stupid, egotistic, a weasel, and is readying himself to be crucified, not brought to justice, but offered up to a higher being, cause, etc. He even has a ‘doubting Thomas’.

    Sometimes they slip through the cracks. They need to be laid out to dry and placed away, far away, from influencing anyone. The guy is a mind*#^k no matter what one’s religion. Sometimes, regardless of one’s political bent ya have ta nail the sucker, and not to a cross. Chris Burden nailed himself to a Volkswagen but that’s another story.

    1. MrDickens – although you claim to be male, you write like a female. Are you a sock-puppet?

  8. Just made a mathematical observations. Numbers don’t lie. No analysis, just a statement of fact.

  9. So, tell me why anyone should not comment ad lib because someone seems to be bothered by it? What, is this elementary school in which we have thread monitors to admonish frequent commenters?

  10. Nick: Not enough cooks spoil the broth. I too will refrain from commenting too often on one topic.

  11. I do believe Cindy and Todd may have just discovered the limits of wrapping yourself in Christian banners..

    Their “Liberty Response” would choke even Pat Robertson.

  12. http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/08/reps_todd_courser_and_cindy_ga.html

    “The Republican politicians are members of the Tea Party and advocates for traditional marriage — both are married and have children and both often invoke God in political decision-making. Now, both are caught up in a sex scandal that could define or end their political careers.

    Here’s a timeline of Courser and Gamrat’s political careers and the ensuing scandal from when they took office to now.”

    http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/todd_courser_hits_lansing_like.html

    In between, Courser issued a “Liberty Response” to the governor’s State of the State address, co-signed with fellow freshman and tea party favorite Rep. Cindy Gamrat. It starts and ends with deep expressions of faith, giving thanks to “God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for our salvation and His abounding and generous gifts, blessings and His grace, and mercy on our state and nation. It is important to acknowledge that it is only by His power and might that our state and nation remain.”

    It goes on for 1,200 or so more words and explicitly calls the U.S. a Christian nation before Courser signs off with “In His Grip” (Gamrat chose “With Firm Reliance on Divine Providence”). Along the way it mixes populism with an explicit rebuke of what he portrays as Gov. Rick Snyder’s vision for “ever growing government,” attacking the governor’s support for Proposal 1 to fix the state’s roads, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which Courser calls “the bar at which corporations feed their never ending desire for more entitlements.”

    Courser has two ideological allies in Lansing with whom he is often linked: Gamrat, of Plainville, and Gary Glenn, of Midland, and all three have drawn attention to themselves in the first months of the term. Glenn used social media to call out an editor at the Midland Daily News after a story about the editor’s promotion revealed he was married to a man; Glenn proclaimed an “agenda alert,” later apologizing for what he called a “snap judgment.” And when Gamrat, who also uses social media often, complained on Facebook about priorities in the party’s budget workshop, it led to her ouster from the caucus by House Speaker Kevin Cotter.”

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    And he thought the conservative base wherea herd of dumb animals. “Inoculate the herd”, so he said.

  13. Wow, MrDickens, the hypocrisy just doesn’t end, does it? I wonder if they had sex before or after writing the failed bill? Nothing like a little bigotry to get the juices flowing.

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