Michigan Rep. Todd Courser to testify before House committee seeking censure Wednesday

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By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on a legislative hearing into misconduct by two Michigan lawmakers who had an extramarital affair (all times local):

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An embattled Michigan lawmaker who tried to cover up his extramarital affair with another socially conservative legislator is trying to save his job.

Republican Rep. Todd Courser is expected to testify Wednesday before a House committee considering a recommendation from the chamber’s top lawyer that he be expelled. Courser instead is seeking a censure, which would limit his work but let him stay in the position.

In a letter to the committee a day earlier, Courser apologized for arranging an “outlandish” false email that claimed he was having sex with a male prostitute — an effort to make his relationship with Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat less believable if it were exposed.

Courser is also offering to reimburse taxpayers for the misuse of public resources.

The House attorney has recommended censure as the punishment for Gamrat.

The panel will forward a disciplinary recommendation to the full House as early as this week.