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Apologetic Courser asks for censure over expulsion

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Changing his tune, a more apologetic Rep. Todd Courser faced a panel of his fellow state representatives tasked with deciding his fate.

"I offer today my most humble and sincere apologies," Courser said.

Courser and fellow Rep. Cindy Gamrat have been at the center of a sex scandal and subsequent cover up for weeks. Both admit to misusing state resources, and could now face censure or expulsion.

At Wednesday’s hearing, some members of the committee, like Reps. Ed McBroom and Andrea LaFontaine, weren't buying his new attitude.

"How are we supposed to believe that you are being candid now?" McBroom said.

LaFontaine said, "Do you feel like you are fit to continuing the 90,000 people or so who reside in the 92nd District?"

If was never clear if Courser would testify if the first place.

He's been openly critical of the committee to the point of calling it a "kangaroo court."

But today he apologized and asked them for a censure, instead of the more severe expulsion recommended by the House Business Office.

"Last week, even the steps since then, have been out of emotion when it comes to my responses since the news broke on Aug. 7," Courser said. "One of the things I have to do is apologize to the committee for misunderstanding on the front end."

Courser took questions from both Democrats and Republicans, but his ultimate fate has still not been decided. 

"You folks have to wrestle with, is that a pattern? Are there other extenuating circumstances? Or is this really a momentary situation with some really bizarre influences that caused it to happen?" Courser said.

The House has scheduled yet another hearing about this issue. This one is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

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