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Tea Party lawmaker tried to smear himself with gay prostitute scandal to cover up his real affair

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In what can only be described as a convoluted attempt at damage control, a Tea Party state legislator from Michigan plotted to smear himself with a rumor of a hook-up with a gay prostitute behind a nightclub to soften the blow before word got out that he was having an affair with another lawmaker.

In audio recordings obtained by the Detroit News, State Rep. Todd Courser (R) repeatedly tells aides, “I need a controlled burn” before revelations that he had been having an affair with fellow Tea Partier Rep. Cindy Gamra (R).

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A now-former House aide recorded Courser — a married father of four — in mid-May instructing him to send Republican activists an email from what would appear to be an anonymous political enemy claiming Courser had been “caught behind a Lansing nightclub” having sex with a man.

During a May 19 meeting, Courser instructed aide Ben Graham to send out “an over-the-top story that’s obscene about me” in the hopes that it would “inoculate the herd” — an apparent reference to Courser and Gamrat’s followers in the Tea Party movement.

“It will make anything else that comes out after that — that isn’t a video — mundane, tame by comparison,” Courser told Graham as Gamrat sat in the same room. Neither lawmaker denied they were having an affair in his presence.

After Graham refused, he was stripped of his duties and later fired by Courser.

At the same time, Gamrat — a mother of three — terminated top aide Keith Allard.

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Courser confirmed to the Detroit News that it is his voice on the recordings before telling a reporter to leave his law office.

Neither lawmaker has denied having an affair.

According to Detroit News, both Courser and Gamrat are social conservatives who often invoke their Christian faith in pursuit of new legislation governing gun rights, abortion and marriage.

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Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R) has called for an “open ended” investigation into the conduct of the two lawmakers for using their offices and staff to cover up the sexual affair.

“If Reps. Courser and Gamrat used state resources in an attempt to cover up their sexual affair, they have deceived their constituents and the public,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “These elected officials clearly have no regard for the trust that is given to them by the voters in their communities, whom Courser callously referred to as ‘the herd.’ It’s time for Courser and Gamrat to own up to this deception and take responsibility for their actions, they should resign their respective seats immediately.”

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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