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    Todd Courser: You're Sure That's Just Tea You're Drinking?

    Here's a question:  If you were a state lawmaker (male, married) known for sniffy, holier-than-thou, just awful Tea Party politics and you were having an affair with another sniffy holier-than-thou Tea Party lawmaker (female, married) and you realized you were about to get caught, how would you handle it?  Would you think, seriously, that the best way to deflect from the real affair was to invent a phony story about being accused of a liaison with a male prostitute and then get really pissed at the person spreading that story, even though that person was you?

    If you answered "no", you can pride yourself on the fact that you are among the multitudes.  Only one person on the entire surface of this earth can (and would) answer "yes", and his name, if you haven't heard, is Todd Courser.

    You couldn't have missed the stories coming out about this whole tawdry affair.  (Don't you love that word, "tawdry"?  Couldn't you see someone like Todd Courser using it?)  The stories are everywhere now, all over the national airwaves, with our friends at Eclectablog staying right on top of it so we don't have to. (updates galore!)

    Todd Courser appeared on the scene in Lansing on January 1 of this year, when he was sworn in as a Freshman legislator (along with said inamorata and all-around legislative partner in crime, Cindy Gamrat).  Before the month was out he was throwing his weight around about his office furniture (he didn't like it) and about the seating arrangement in the House (he was offended by his placement).

    Twenty days after he and his pal Gamrat were sworn in, they were already responding to the governor's State of the State message.

    "Greetings friends and fellow Patriots, We want to first thank God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for our salvation and His abounding and generous gifts, blessings and His grace, and mercy on our state and nation. It is important to acknowledge that it is only by His power and might that our state and nation remain. It is not the bills or the laws or the regulations that make our state and nation great, rather, it is recognizing who God is and submitting to His authority and dominion in our lives and as a state and nation; without this acknowledgement and also valuing God’s gift of life, then all other steps to set our state on the right course will be amiss."
    From there they went on to the hazards of a bloated government,  the constant collecting and shameful misuse of our taxes, the need to move away from "cradle to grave" government care-taking (As if!)  and an entreaty to trust in the Lord.

    Which led, of course, to this:
    America is a Christian nation founded on Judeo-Christian values and God has given us incredible freedom and opportunity.  Let us enjoy all that we have been blessed with as we carry forth with the responsibility to bestow these same freedoms and opportunities to future generations.
    They did actually mention corporate welfare, and for that I was forced to give them brownie points.  Which I promptly took away after reading their core liberties in something called The Contract for Liberty Project.  (See State of the State response, linked here, in case you missed it above.)  The list begins with "The freedom to be born" and "The freedom to defend ourselves" and ends with "Free from government intrusions" and "Free and independent states".

    And we're paying them for this.

    Ordinarily, I'm one of those people who doesn't give a flying foofoo about who's sleeping with who.  Whom.  Whatever.  It's a personal matter, affecting only the injured private parties, and as long as it doesn't affect their ability to govern it's none of my business.  In this case, I'm making an exception. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat are such insufferable Right Wing pseudo-religious hypocrites, I can't think of anyone in my state who deserves this kind of exposure more.   It couldn't happen to two more narrow-minded, ill-equipped, pretend-politicians.

    Joshua Cline, a former staffer for both Courser and Gamrat, quit in disgust in April, just months after the new session began.  He recently agreed to an interview with the Detroit Free Press. The article  focused, of course, on the inside story about the romantic hi-jinks, leaving what I thought was the real gem for later:
    Cline, a Lapeer County native, knew Courser before he became a legislator and worked on previous campaigns for the Lapeer Republican. So, he said, he was shocked to become a staffer and encounter a boss who treated his staffers with disrespect and adopted a 'haughty and elitist' attitude.
    "We had a staff meeting in early January and [Courser] said, 'Let's get it straight boys. We're not here to pass legislationWe're here for the messaging moments and media,' Cline said. He said the decision to quit was wrenching."
    So the newly elected taxpayer-employed public servant thought he'd found the perfect pulpit.  Fancy that.

    But when the feces hit the fan,  Todd couldn't leave well enough alone.  He couldn't just go into his closet and pray quietly (Matthew 6:6) like Cindy apparently did.   No, he had to take to Facebook (where he seems to spend a lot of time) and do a little crying out loud 
    My lack of righteousness does not negate God’s righteousness –
    In all of this – it is nothing short of a massive earthquake for me and my family and those who have supported me and even to those who hate me; thru this a series of common themes have emerged and many will take days weeks months and generations to see the full fruit of, but one that is clear is that I am now the poster boy for those who would say “God is dead,” or “ Christians are failures,” or “Christians are hypocrites.”
    I didn't say that.  Did you? 

    Two days ago Todd told his Facebook followers that there would be an announcement on his website. Naturally, everyone thought for sure he was going to resign.  But, no.  No, he didn't.  Instead, he announced that he was requesting an Attorney General investigation into the purchase of an expensive and unnecessary legislative office building in downtown Lansing.  (You go, Todd!)  But at the very bottom of the announcement--easy to miss if you neglected to read the whole thing--was this sentence:  "I am also working on a statement in regards to this current call for my censure..."

    Oh dear.  This doesn't look good.  But then neither does Todd's website page, where his Fourth of July greeting called for Privatizing Marriage:
    We are living in the last days...
    2 Chronicle 7:14 - if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins, and heal their land…Please sign the Religious Freedom Petition Now!
    At least I think that's what he was doing.  I don't exactly know how one goes about keeping marriage private and still legal.  If it's marriage in the eyes of God, they tried that.  Stamp your foot three times, turn your back on your spouse, and the marriage is annulled.  (Male foot-stampers and back-turners only.)

    Betcha Todd wishes there had been something like that in place for affairs. Huh?


    And he probably has a bunch of people who would re-elect him in a heartbeat.  The ignorance of these loons is almost as bad as the hypocrisy. Glad you wrote about it. I doubt that it will be in the NYT or WAPO, and surely not Politico!

    Au contraire, ma soeur. (Thank you google) The American Patriot had this to say:

    Here’s the deal, if these accusations are true and seeing that it was reported by the Detroit News; they most likely are. These two birds need to resign and I mean right away. This is not only a blemish on the conservative movement, the tea party; but also on the Republican Party in Michigan and the Republican Party and the Christian right as well.

    I am totally embarrassed for my state over this mess. This is worse even than having to acknowledge that Ted N*gent is from here.

    Thank gawd Ramona, me, and Michael Moore are here to save the joint.

    You said it, Flower.  It's crazytown around here, so we Three Michkateers have our work cut out for us.  Looks like Melissa Gilbert has left the Little House on the Prairie and wants to help us.  I don't know anything about her politics but it's encouraging that she's running as a Democrat in a state where Democrats don't have a whole lot going for them us.

    Actually, the story took wings and is all over the place.  I think that's why the Michigan House Repubs are getting around to thinking about taking action.  If it had stayed in Michigan, they would have been fine with it.

    He wants Old Testament fire and brimstone punishment for others and New Testament forgiveness for himself. 


    I am still scratching my head about this one ... So the gay hooker story was supposed to divert attention from his affair with a married woman co-legislator ... and somehow he reasoned that, there being a long tradition of elected officials with gay hooker entanglements, he could rail against the false charge, prove it was untrue and then no-one would believe the true story, especially about him being straight ... because of the first story, we all assume he's gay and just didn't get caught this time.  Do you think his wife approved this scenario? Because she comes off looking better if he's gay, than if he's just cheating with a co-worker     Or maybe not.

    Only in the twisted tortured logic of  someone pretending to be a religious zealot does this scenario make him look like anything other than a complete moron.  

    We need to provide some educational support to the religious evangelical communities so they learn to stop electing such  idiots.   

    Maybe this will help...


    You may be scratching your head over it,Mr. Smith, but you've got the gist of it exactly right.  Todd Courser would be thrilled that you're confused.  That's what he was going for.

    It just shows how bankrupt the GOP is even al the local level.  It is amazing how stupid he is. Mostly all that is left, that is active in the party is loons. 

    I guess we are witnessing a political party in collapse. 

    The people from his district aren't happy with him, either.  (Many of them voted for him, but probably aren't going to admit it now.)

    A writer named Rose Bogardus--a Democrat--wrote a great piece called, "What's a Nice Place Like Lapeer Doing With A Rep Like Todd Courser?"   I had to laugh at her description of anti-government voters:

    Americans love to hate their politicians. So people run for office but claim not to be politicians, particularly conservative candidates. Can you imagine your doctor telling you, as he’s about to remove your appendix, that he’s not really a doctor? Or letting your neighbor take a set of clippers and have a go at your hair?

    What is more ludicrous than choosing people to run our government who don’t understand government? To get elected you have to get involved in the political process. By definition [you] are a politician, and you have a responsibility to actually represent people in your district.

    Sheesh, hasn't this person ever heard of Ashley Madison?

    Ramona, what a crazy episode. The sad part is that there is a certain logic to the "inoculate the herd" strategy. And absent the recording it might have succeeded. But only a psychopath(s) would seriously implement it.

    Michigan politics these days are getting crazier with each passing day, but they'll have to go some to top  this.  I would love to think this might be a wake-up call for those guys, but I doubt it.   They don't seem to want to wake up. 

    Creepy weirdos. At least Mona got a nice post out of it!

    Lol, Doc.  I started this post a few days ago and every time I looked, something else was happening.  It just got better and better.  Or worse and worse, depending on the POV.  I finally just had to go with it.  My first draft was three times as long.  It was harder to cut what I had than to write the damn thing.

    And it's still going on.  The House Repubs are NOT happy.

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