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Gamrat Offers Tearful Apology, Asks For Censure

Rick Pluta
Michigan Public Radio Network
State Representative Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) weeps as she delivers an apology to the House committee considering disciplinary action against her and state Representative Todd Courser (R-Lapeer).

State Representative Cindy Gamrat offered a tearful apology Tuesday morning as hearings opened on possible disciplinary action against her and Representative Todd Courser. She begged for forgiveness and asked for censure rather than being removed from office. 

“It is with a sincere and genuine heart, that I apologize to you today for the failures I have committed which do not reflect the heart of who I am, the values I believe in, nor the people I serve.”

The House legal counsel recommended censure for Gamrat, but said Courser should be expelled immediately. The special committee is expected to meet into the afternoon and tomorrow. The committee will make a recommendation to the full House. It would take a two-thirds vote of the House to remove a lawmaker. 

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.