A salacious, accusatory email and a covertly-obtained audio recording on a cell phone resulted in the downfall of two Michigan State Reps. In the midst of their affair, Courser said he began receiving 'blackmail texts,' threatening to come forward with information about his relationship with Gamrat unless he resigned as Representative.
Instead, Graham recorded the conversation and gave it to Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood.
Courtesy of Cindy GamratCindy Gamrat officially began her term as Michigan State Representative on Jan. Gamrat, a homemaker from Plainwell, Michigan, gets 63 percent of the vote in the 80th district, and Courser, a lawyer from Lapeer County, Michigan, gets 55 percent of the vote in the 82nd district to win their respective elections for Michigan State Representative. Courtesy of Todd CourserCindy Gamrat and Todd Courser were Tea Party darlings from conservative districts when they were elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives in November 2014. Courtesy of Cindy GamratCindy Gamrat, a homemaker from Allegan, Michigan, took 63 percent of the vote in the 80th district. Courtesy of Todd CourserTodd Courser, a lawyer from Lapeer, took 55 percent of the vote in the 82nd district to win the election for Michigan State Representative. As relationships between Courser and Gamrat and their staffers worsened over several months, staffer Josh Cline resigns. Courser asks Ben Graham to "destroy" him by sending an email accusing Courser of using drugs and alcohol and engaging in gay sex.
ABC NewsKeith Allard (left) was Cindy Gamrata€™s chief of staff, and Ben Graham (right) was Todd Courser's aide. ABC NewsDetroit News reporter Chad Livengood met with Ben Graham and Keith Allard about Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.


Detroit News Reporter Chad Livengood publishes an article and releases the audio recording Ben Graham gave him, proving Courser asked Ben to send out the email received weeks earlier. The state remains divided with some saying they are praying for Courser and some calling for his resignation. Courser posts screenshots of text messages on Facebook from someone he says was blackmailing him.
Courser's brother Dan Courser claims he was also blackmailed and releases text messages he received.
Former state house aide Cline holds a press conference and speaks about Courser and Gamrat's affair and his experience as their staffer. Courtesy of Todd CourserCindy Gamrat and Todd Courser combined staffs and worked out of the same office. Courser and Gamrat return to work at the state house in Lansing, but many call for their resignations. Gamrat files with Allegan County clerk to announce her intent to rerun for her seat in the special election.
Courser announces he will run in the special election in November and try to regain his old seat. Courtesy of Cindy GamratThe state police report revealed Joe Gamrat was obsessed with tracking his wife, Cindy Gamrat, spying on her for months and planting surveillance devices in her bag and her car. After a months-long investigation, Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson decides not to proceed with any charges following Courser's extortion claim. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, elected into the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014, ultimately lost their seats and subsequent re-election campaigns due to their romantic extramarital affair and attempted cover-up.


Ben Graham, a long-time friend of Courser, starts his employment at the House of Representatives, along with Joshua Cline and Keith Allard.
They both hit the ground running, issuing the "Liberty Responsea€?a€”a more-than-1200 word response to Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address. Rather than fulfill Courser's request, Graham secretly records the conversation on his phone. Then, House Speaker Kevin Cotter orders an investigation into whether any house rules were broken. She admits to and apologizes for the affair with Courser, but says she was unaware of Courser's plan to send the email. The house voted 91-12 to expel Gamrat, making her only the fourth lawmaker to be expelled in Michigan history. Courser, gaining less than 3 percent of the votes, loses to Gary Howell, a US Army Veteran and longtime farmer. Turkelson says in a statement that Joe Gamrat, husband of Gamrat, "was motivated to end the ongoing affair between his wife and Todd Courser." Joe Gamrat denied the allegations in the state police report. The report, riddled with deep expressions of faith, ultimately widened the divide between the two State Representatives and the Republican leadership.



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