LANSING, Mich., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- One Michigan lawmaker resigned and another was forced out of office Friday after their extramarital affair led to a bizarre coverup scandal.
Republican Rep. Todd Courser announced his resignation, effective immediately, at 3:12 a.m. Friday after an hours-long debate in the House. An hour later, Rep. Cindy Gamrat was expelled from her seat in a 91-12 vote.
The move comes days after Courser asked a staffer to concoct a coverup story that alleges he is a drug and porn addict who paid for sex with men.
"I felt it was the appropriate thing to do. I put everybody through a whole bunch, my family, constituents and the people in this room," Courser said of his resignation. "You go 14-15 hours later, they would have been doing a third vote. I felt they were just going to go until they got their answer."
A week ago, House investigators determined both lawmakers lied about their relationship and the coverup. Gamrat urged her colleagues to censure, rather than expel her. She is the fourth legislator to be expelled from the Legislature in Michigan's 178-year history.