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Courser: Charges against me are sign of 'corrupt government'

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  LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A former state lawmaker forced out of office in a sex scandal says criminal charges against are him are "nonsensical" and "political."

  Todd Courser responded Saturday on Facebook, a day after Attorney General Bill Schuette charged him with perjury and misconduct in office.

  Courser, a Republican from Lapeer County, resigned in September as his House colleagues were poised to kick him out. He had an affair with another lawmaker, Cindy Gamrat, but their legal troubles are tied to their attempt to cover it up.

  Courser says the charges against him are "just another extension of corrupt government."

  Gamrat, a Republican from Allegan County, was expelled from the House. She's also charged. Gamrat and Courser tried to regain their jobs in a special election but lost.

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