2nd lawmaker expelled for affair cover-up

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker has been expelled from the state House for misconduct in her role covering up an extramarital affair with another lawmaker.

Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat's expulsion early this morning came shortly after fellow lawmaker Republican Rep. Todd Courser decided to resign rather than be expelled.

Courser had sent a phony email claiming he was caught with a male prostitute. It was an effort to make the affair with Gamrat less believable if it were exposed by an anonymous blackmailer.

Courser's resignation early this morning came after lawmakers were deadlocked for hours on whether to expel him and Gamrat. He was immediately escorted out by sergeants.

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