A conservative state representative from Michigan is accused of trying to cover up the very real affair he was having with a fellow politician by leaking a deliberately over-the-top rumor that he was caught having sex with a male sex worker behind a nightclub. It didn’t work. Here you are, reading about how it didn’t work.

Todd Courser is a freshman “Constitutional, conservative Republican” from Michigan’s 82nd District, married with four kids, who’s accused of having an affair with the also married-with-kids Tea Party freshman State Rep. Cindy Gamrat. The Detroit News broke the story of how Courser is accused of trying to hide the affair: by planning to leak an email claiming that he was seen having sex with a man behind a nightclub. Courser reasoned that his voter base, upon hearing that he’d been merely having an affair with a woman, would be comparatively non-judgmental.

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Like every great Scooby Doo villain before him, Courser described his entire cunning plan to a now-former aide of his, Ben Graham, who recorded the whole thing. Gamrat and Courser combined their offices, in what the Detroit News politely describes as an “unusual” move, and had three aides working for them: Graham, Keith Allard, and Joshua Cline, all of whom told the newspaper they knew about the affair and told their bosses it was a very bad idea. Cline left the office of his own volition; Graham and Allard were both dismissed, which looks odd, since they’d both received healthy pay raises just before they were fired.

On the tape, Courser makes fairly clear references to the affair and how he plans to over it up.

“Her husband knows,” he tells Graham, referring to Gamrat’s spouse. “They’re working through their stuff.”

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“I mean, what did you think would happen?” Graham asks incredulously, a minute later.

Courser, who also says on the tape that he’s thinking about running for Congress, brushes off that very reasonable question and goes on to describe how he plans to clean this mess up. He reads aloud from the email he’s written:

Todd Courser caught on tape behind Lansing night club... Courser secretly removed from caucus several weeks ago due to a male-on-male paid for sex... He is a porn addicted sexual deviant... His cock is hanging out all over Lansing, that’s why he was thrown out of caucus.

“Are you serious?” Graham asks.

Courser told Graham that when his affair inevitably became public, it would seem “tame by comparison.”

“In a controlled burn, you do a little bit of truth mixed in with a lot of lies,” he adds.

Graham also recorded a conversation between him, Courser and Gamrat, who apologized for the affair. It’s unclear how much Gamrat knew about Courser’s alleged cover-up scheme.

MILive reports that the Michigan House Speaker has ordered an investigation into this whole sad mess, which probably won’t end happily.


Contact the author at anna.merlan@jezebel.com.

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