Monday, August 31, 2015, 11:04 PM
The long-awaited House Business Office report investigating Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat released Monday said the two representatives were not only dishonest, but also used their staff, state time and resources to cover their extramarital affair and for attempted political and personal gain.
While the report, which is a nine-page summary of the investigation, showed the two representatives likely broke campaign finance laws, it did not allege more serious criminal violations. However, Mr. Courser (R-Silverwood) and Ms. Gamrat (R-Plainwell) broke multiple House rules, the report said. The two also lied to the House Business Office and the public during the investigation, according to the report.
Rep. Ed McBroom, the newly named chair of the special committee to examine the House Business Office investigation into Rep. Cindy Gamrat and Rep. Todd Courser as it alleges the two used state resources to cover their extramarital affair and for attempted political and personal gains, said Monday he would like it to wrap up in a couple of weeks.
House Speaker Kevin Cotter has come under heavy scrutiny about whether he and his staff properly handled the concerns from two of Rep. Todd Courser's and Rep. Cindy Gamrat's joint employees, but the summary report of the House Business Office investigation mostly absolves them of any mistakes.
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