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Report of lawmaker's efforts to hide affair prompts probe

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

An investigation is planned following a newspaper's report that state Rep. Todd Courser orchestrated the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal an extramarital relationship with a fellow Michigan lawmaker.

House Speaker Kevin Cotter said in a statement Friday that after seeing The Detroit News' report he's asking the nonpartisan House Business Office to determine "whether there was a violation of House rules or any evidence of illegal behavior."

The Michigan Republicans supported this move in a statement, hoping to investigate the allegations.

"Todd Courser, a man who never passes on an opportunity to preach about his supposed morals and his close relationship with God, constantly evoking religion in his personal and political stances, has proven to be completely  unfit to represent the hardworking residents of Lapeer County, using taxpayer dollars to abide and assist his gross misconduct. Based on these revelations, under no circumstance can Todd Courser continue to represent the residents of Lapeer County, who are good, hard working community and faith-based folks.  This behavior is a slap in their face, especially from someone who presents himself as a moralist. I feel bad for all of the hard working Tea Party activists who helped him become a representative and he rewarded them by saying that we need to, 'inoculate the herd.' Todd Courser must resign."  

--State Rep. Candice Miller

In audio recordings obtained by the newspaper, Courser says the email was designed to create "a complete smear campaign" about him and fellow Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat so a revelation about their relationship would seem "mild by comparison."

The Associated Press sent messages seeking comment from Courser and Gamrat.

Equality Michigan also made a statement condemning the use of a homosexual relationship to cover up Courser's extramarital affair. They said, "These self-proclaimed 'moral authorities' have built their political careers by demeaning our lives and our relationships as the degradation of marriage and society when they had to look no further than the mirror."

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