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Michigan House Committee Recommends Expulsion For Lawmakers Who Covered Up Affair

Only three lawmakers have been expelled in Michigan history.

A Michigan House disciplinary committee voted Thursday to expel two state lawmakers who went to great lengths to cover up an affair.

The AP reports the full Michigan House will now vote on whether to expel Republicans Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. A two-thirds vote is needed for them to be removed from office.

<span>Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) sits at her desk on the House floor while Republicans head into a closed-door
Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) sits at her desk on the House floor while Republicans head into a closed-door meeting on road funding on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

The two lawmakers planned to have an aide circulate a false story claiming Courser paid for sex with a man behind a nightclub in Lansing, Michigan, in order to minimize the blowback if his affair with Gamrat became public, the Detroit News reported in August.

Gamrat spoke out about the scandal in August, saying she thought she'd be vindicated by "an open and honest investigation."

"For now, I believe that the best path is for me to move forward, and I intend to continue to represent my district to the best of my ability," she said.

Only three lawmakers have been expelled in Michigan history, most recently in 2011, when state Sen. David Jaye was expelled for misconduct, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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