Report: Two Michigan State Reps asked aide to lie, hide sexual affair

The Detroit News reports State Rep. Todd Courser asked an aide to send anonymous, bizarre fake emails to cover up possible affair allegations.

State Representatives Todd Courser, left, R-Lapeer, and Cindy Garmat, R-Plainwell. (Photos: Michigan House Republicans)

LANSING, Mich. (MEDIA GENERAL) – The Detroit News has obtained audio recordings that show State Rep. Todd Courser asking an aide to help him cover up an alleged affair with another local lawmaker.

In the recordings, Courser, a Republican from Lapeer, asks the aide to send out an anonymous email alleging Courser was caught having sex with a male prostitute. According to The Detroit News, the fake email was designed to create “a complete smear campaign” of exaggerated claims, so when reports of an affair between him and Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, were leaked, it would seem “mild by comparison.”

The aide, identified as Ben Graham, recorded two conversations between Courser and Gamrat, who do not deny their affair, but did not directly confirm their relationship.

“How long has this been going on? A year? Two years?” Graham asks on the recording.

Courser replied: “No. I mean, I don’t want to go through the circumstance of how that developed.” Later adding: “Some things happened and shouldn’t have happened.”

“I would ask you to just keep this private,” Gamrat told Graham on the recording. “This is not just about protecting me, it’s also about protecting Joe (Gamrat’s husband) and the kids.”

Graham, as well as Keith Allard, an aide for Gamrat, were fired in July, approximately a month after the two were given pay raises without public explanation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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