Rep. Courser speaks out, defending his record - WNEM TV 5

Rep. Courser speaks out, defending his record

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For the first time since an attempted cover-up of his affair with a fellow lawmaker, Todd Courser gave his side of the story.

"It was really important to show up today and do the work," Courser said.

The house is back in session and Todd Courser is back at work in Lansing.

It's the first time the Lapeer Republican has spoken out since he became ensnared in a scandal of his own doing. He admits he was having an affair with fellow state Rep. Cindy Gamrat, which he concealed with a fake gay sex scandal.

Courser said he created the false controversy because he was being blackmailed. But he said he hopes his constituents still trust him.

"You can look at my record. Obviously there are some questions, some misinformation in regards to that. There's an investigation. There wasn't a use of taxpayer dollars. I'm looking forward as that investigation is proceeding."

The scandal has also taken a toll on the Courser family. Courser pledges to stay with his family. He said he is working to make things right.

"Obviously, over the past ten days, it was a lot of difficulty. We've been working through this in the background as a family for several months," Courser said.

Courser said he's trying to move past the scandal and work for the people of his district.

"I was elected, I took an oath. I said I would vote against more taxes and more spending. I'm for protecting our constitutional liberties and freedoms."

Gamrat was also at the capitol, but she declined to make any comments.

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