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Courser speaks out for first time since resignation

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LAPEER, MI (WNEM) -

For the first time since he stepped down from his position as a state representative, Todd Courser is speaking out.

He said he’s ashamed of the affair with the now-expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat, but he still questions if their mistake warrants the penalty.

Courser said he wants to share his side of the story.

"I think everybody's got to kind of look at that and say, was the penalty, the scrutiny that came in, was that justified?" Courser said. "And whether or not it actually fits when you're looking at the misuse of taxpayer resources when you start looking at, it's really a couple of conversations that happened in the state house that happened to be taped, which are technically violation of the codes that are there yet happen every single day."

Courser resigned shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 11, just moments before the House was to vote on his expulsion, but he said there was little evidence of misuse of taxpayer resources in the 833-page report.

"The highest power that they have in the legislature is to expel a member, and [most of them] haven't even read the evidence," Courser said.

Courser said he believed his relationship with Gamrat was used as extortion to get him out of the House. 

"I was an enemy to the Republicans and of course, didn't have a home with the Democrats either," Courser said. "So I think all of that, I think it was a perfect political storm." 

Courser said within the next couple of weeks, he expects the investigation to reveal who bought the phone he claims sent him text messages demanding his resignation.

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