Two Michigan newspapers are so opposed to the re-election bid of former state Rep. Cindy Gamrat, booted from office following a lurid sex scandal, that they published a rare, one-word editorial to emphasize their point.
Under the headline,
"On expelled Rep. Cindy Gamrat's re-election bid," The Grand Rapids Press and Kalamazoo Gazette wrote on their op-ed pages: "No."
Last week, Michigan House lawmakers expelled Gamrat for her affair with fellow Republican Rep. Todd Courser, which brought about his resignation hours earlier.
House investigators determined recently the pair had lied about their relationship and attempted to cover it up. Gamrat had asked the House members to censure rather than expel her, but they booted her anyway.
"I firmly believe in restoration and redemption," Gamrat said following her ouster. "I have done everything I can to redeem this situation and I'm sincerely sorry for what this has caused. I still believe my actions warrant censure, but not expulsion."
She is now gearing up to run for her post again.
Gamrat and Courser — both married — had earlier apologized during a committee hearing for using their staff to attempt to cover up the affair, which was revealed in August by the Detroit News.
The newspaper had obtained recordings it said showed that Courser planned to send out an email claiming he had sex with a male prostitute to throw people off the scent of the real scandal.
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