Prosecutor to decide soon on alleged blackmail of lawmaker

(LAPEER) — A prosecutor will decide in the next week or so how to proceed following an investigation into whether a former lawmaker was blackmailed over his extramarital affair with another legislator. Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson said Thursday he has a report from state police, who investigated ex-Representative Todd Courser’s complaint of getting threatening text messages for his relationship with then-Representative Cindy Gamrat. Turkelson says he could file charges, decline charges, or seek more information. Courser resigned and Gamrat was expelled in September. Both are running in Tuesday’s special Republican primaries. Courser sent a false email saying he had sex with a male prostitute – an attempt to make the affair less plausible if revealed by an anonymous “blackmailer.” Courser says the report should be released immediately, not after the election.