Love is in the air throughout some legislative bodies across the nation. Last week, two Minnesota lawmakers were caught with their pants down (well, at least one of them) in an Eagan, Minnesota park—some politicians conduct their work within the hollow body of state capitals—some do their research directly on the bodies of their colleagues away from the maddening crowd. [TWO Minnesota lawmakers “MAKING OUT” IN THE PARK SAYS RANGER: THE TWO PAY A FINE AND VOW TO MOVE ON | Political news]
Minnesota Rep. Tim Kelly (left) and Rep. Tara Mack
This week, a Michigan lawmaker (Todd Courser), quit his position as a state Representative shortly before he was inevitably forced out, while his alleged partner in love (Rep. Cindy Gamrat), was expelled on a 91/12 vote. The harsh reaction was inflamed by Courser’s purported plan to send a bogus email to lawmakers depicting him as a bi-sexual porn addicted deviant, and Gamrat as a tramp. The idea was to shift the attention away from the sex scandal between them and to create an atmosphere of a hanging suspension of disbelief. The plan was caught on tape. Gamrat said she knew of the arrangement, but not the specific details. The Gov. of the state, Rick Snyder, has not ruled out a criminal investigation.
Todd Couser and Cindy Gamrat
COMMENT: WTF. Does anyone care about what consenting adults do in their private lives? Why make a mountain out of a molehill here. Whether the people are married to other people is irrelevant—their actions are legal. Perhaps the email conspiracy is worth some discipline, but an expulsion! Truth be told, the real focus is on the affair, and the legislator’s perceived need to make their entire legislative body appear wholesome. What a joke, and what a waste of taxpayer’s money. Try doing something for the people and quit worrying about the little happenings in the private lives of the legislatures. And for those in that body who think an affair of this type is so bad for the institution of marriage, consider the fact that numerous partners in a marriage are verbally and psychologically abused every day. The damage caused by these actions is far more significant than an affair—indeed, an affair may be less costly from a humanity perspective. Unfortunately, the “wholesome” proponents seem to prefer to keep these types of matters private, and instead hypocritically, and publicly, spew their disdain and contempt for the innocuous affairs.