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Politician accused of faking gay sex scandal to cover up affair

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LANSING, Mich. — Two Michigan representatives are being investigated after allegedly using state resources to cover up an affair.

Audio recordings obtained by the Detroit News reveal state Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer County, was allegedly planning to distribute a fictional e-mail alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in order to hide his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Allegan County.

The discussion took place between Courser and a former House aide, Ben Graham, according to the Detroit News. In the recordings, Courser asked Graham to send out an e-mail to other Republicans as an anonymous political enemy.

At one point, Courser discloses what the e-mail will contain to Graham, saying, “…Courser secretly removed from caucus several weeks ago due to a male on male paid for sex…behind a prominent Lansing nightclub…he is a…sexual porn addicted…sexual deviant. Then you just get nasty about it…”

Graham says nobody will believe it, but Courser responds, “Correct…no they’ll believe some of it…[Courser’s] a freak.”

Courser and Gamrat will be investigated by the House Business Office, according to Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter’s Office.

There is no timetable for the investigation.

If Courser and Gamrat are found guilty, punishment ranges from stripping them of their positions, staff and resources to expulsion from the state House of Representatives.

A removal would require the House passing a resolution with two-thirds of the vote.