Michigan Tea Party Republican Accuses 'Establishment Machine' of Blackmail Plot

Ultimately, though, Courser blames Michigan’s political “establishment machine” for the blackmail plot. He said it was a reaction to his refusal to knuckle under to their demand to resign from office, lest the Gamrat affair be exposed.

“This is what they do,” said Courser. “They find a screw they can turn and they turn it.”

The weekend after the news of the Courser-Gamrat affair was published by the Detroit News and then went “worldwide,” as Courser put it, a number of Michigan Republicans called for the state representative’s resignation.

The first to call for his resignation was U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R). She said Courser’s stands on gay marriage, abortion, and family values only make what he did worse.

“Based on these revelations, under no circumstance can Todd Courser continue to represent the residents of Lapeer County, who are good, hard-working community and faith-based folks,” said Miller in a statement.

“This behavior is a slap in their face, especially from someone who presents himself as being a moralist.”

Michigan state House Speaker Kevin Cotter has called for an “open-ended” investigation of the conduct of Courser and Gamrat.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel emailed a statement to PJM saying she supported Cotter’s call for an investigation.

“The allegations against Representatives Courser and Gamrat are very serious,” Romney said. “Speaker Cotter is taking appropriate action by having the nonpartisan House Business Office investigate and we are confident that the House will get to the bottom of this.”

The stars of the Michigan GOP do seem aligned against Courser now, and he said more damaging information could be released.

Courser, on today’s audio recording, said that the “blackmailer” warned him “he had many more hours of tape, enough to burn me down.”

But Courser is not going away quietly. He has refused to step down and said he will continue to work to expose the extent of the “establishment network” that is allegedly out to get him, something he described as “vital to the cause of liberty.”

“Bring what you have and let the public decide,” Courser said. “Men and women must be able to stand unafraid even when they are a broken messenger, and I certainly am a broken messenger.”

Gamrat, who is also married, failed to respond to PJM requests for comment. Courser has four children and Gamrat has three.

Both lawmakers are active in their state's Tea Party movement.