Todd Courser says he won't resign over fake gay prostitute scandal

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By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker says he won’t resign after sending an email to Republican supporters falsely claiming he was caught having sex with a male prostitute.

The Detroit News, citing audio recordings, reported Friday that Rep. Todd Courser of Lapeer had someone send the email to distract attention from his alleged extramarital affair with another lawmaker.

In a nearly 30-minute audio file posted Monday on his campaign website, Courser says he was being blackmailed and that he’s responsible “in planning and execution” of the email.

It’s unclear who sent the email.

The Detroit Free Press reports the House Business Office reviewed email and personnel records over the weekend. The investigation is to determine whether Courser and GOP state Rep. Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell broke House rules or whether there’s evidence of illegal behavior.