Michigan lawmaker who quit in scandal loses bid for new post

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LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — An ex-Michigan lawmaker who quit office in a sex scandal last year has finished last in the Republican primary for county prosecutor’s post.

Todd Courser hoped to unseat Lapeer County Prosecutor Timothy Turkelson, but got the lowest number of votes among three GOP candidates — about 4 percent of the total. The Flint Journal reports Michael Sharkey topped Turkelson by more than 3,000 votes.

Courser says: “I think there needed to be a change in that office. I congratulate Mike Sharkey on his win.”

Courser, who faces charges in the scandal, resigned from the Michigan House right before it voted to expel fellow GOP Rep. Cindy Gamrat. He’s accused of soliciting an aide to send a phony email to cover up an affair with Gamrat.

Courser denies criminal wrongdoing.

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