Former state Reps. Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser, who decided to run for re-election just days after their expulsion and resignation, have highlighted a “hole” in Michigan election law that should be filled, according to one high-ranking legislator. Welcome to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. Rep. Lisa Lyons, chairwoman of the House Elections Committee, is drafting a bill to preclude a would-be candidate from running in a special election immediately after they were expelled or resigned from the same position.
The bill would not apply to Gamrat or Courser this time around — “I hope the voters will do the right thing,” Lyons said of the former lawmakers, who were accused of misusing state resources to hide their affair — but would seek to prevent similar re-election bids in future years.
“We’re faced with the situation of taxpayers funding a special election. Who the individuals are aside, I’ve look at the issue and thought it just doesn’t make any sense,” said Lyons, R-Alto.