As established by the 110th Congress, the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. is made up of 435 members elected every two years from among the 50 states. On the state level, Michigan has 110 members in their House of Representatives, but after a scandal last year, there are only 108.
Former Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were involved in a sex scandal last year, after reports of the pair having an affair went viral. These accusations generated two separate lawsuits and multiple criminal charges for the couple.
The affair came to light after Courser sent an anonymous email to lawmakers across Michigan claiming Gamrat was a “sexual deviant”, who paid for sex with men outside gay bars in Lansing, The Detroit Free Press reports.
The email was allegedly used by Courser as a way to portray Gamrat as a victim of a horrid sex scandal, which would then cause the affair between the two to pale in comparison if news of it ever was released.
Courser was then arrested for perjury and misconduct in office and is accused of lying to a legislative committee and forcing officials to forge his signature on false documents. The charges against Gamrat were dropped.
Gamrat was expelled from office on September 11, 2015. He resigned that same morning.
However, the pair, who are Tea Party Republicans, have now filed lawsuits against the state under the claim of defamation and dirty politics. Courser’s lawsuit is 182-pages long requesting $10 million in damages, and claims he was treated as a criminal throughout the entire process.
Gamrat filed a simple 10-page complaint asking for at least $25,000, and cites she suffered from severe anxiety, depression, humiliation, and emotional distress.
Both have specifically named governmental officials who were behind their expulsions from office.