Former Republican Michigan state Rep. Todd Courser told CNN that he will run in a special election to try to regain his old seat in the Michigan state House, coming a week after he resigned in the wake of a scandal involving an affair with a fellow legislator.
Courser told CNN that he met with his wife and she decided he should run again for the 82nd District in Michigan.
“It really was up to my wife,” he said. “Yesterday, she gave me the go ahead. She said, ‘Yes, run.’ She said, ‘The people haven’t had an opportunity to weigh in on this. It was wrong the way that they did it. They need to hear about your votes.’”
He added that he’s been in counseling with his wife since the scandal.
“There was a huge media storm that related to all of this,” he said. “I’ve taken ownership of that, as a failure, it was a really, really dark moment in my life and in that moment, made a really, really poor choice.”
Former Rep. Cindy Gamrat, the woman with whom Courser had an affair, filed paperwork Thursday that she would run for her seat again, as well. She was expelled from the House after a vote Sept. 11 and Courser resigned before waiting for another expulsion vote in the House after his first one failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
“I think that the voters need to weigh in on whether or not that is something that’s egregious and they don’t want me to serve as their state representative,” Courser said. “I’ve given them some great representation in the state House in regards to the most conservative voting record.”
Last month, Courser was caught in a scandal after it was discovered that he had tried to send a fake email about male prostitution to cover up his extramarital affair with Gamrat.