ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Chairman Steve McNeal of the Allegan County Republican Party released a statement on Facebook today in response to the scandalous allegations facing Representative Cindy Gamrat, R- Allegan County.
“According to news reports, it is apparent that Cindy Gamrat has proven to be unfit to represent the hardworking residents of Allegan County, using taxpayer dollars to abide and assist her gross misconduct. Based on these revelations, Rep. Cindy Gamrat cannot continue to represent the residents of Allegan County, who are a great, hard working, faith-based community!”
Friday morning, the Detroit News obtained audio recordings that reveal State Representative Todd Courser, R- Lapeer County , apparently planning to distribute a fictional e-mail alleging that he had sex with a male prostitute in order to hide his relationship with Gamrat.
An investigation is set to be conducted by the House Business Office, according to Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesperson for House Speaker Kevin Cotter’s Office.
There is no timetable for the investigation, but D’Assandro tells FOX 17 they hope the investigation “doesn’t drag out too long.”
If Courser and Gamrat are found guilty, punishment ranges from stripping them of their positions, staff and resources to expulsion from the House of Representatives.
A removal would require the House passing a resolution with two-thirds of the vote.