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December 7, 2015

Statement from Progress Michigan on Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit

Suit another sign of failed leadership by Speaker Kevin Cotter

LANSING — Progress Michigan made the following statement regarding the filing of a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the Michigan House of Representatives.

“From the beginning, Progress Michigan has repeatedly called for full disclosure of what Speaker Kevin Cotter knew and when he knew it,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “The allegations raised in the new federal whistleblower lawsuit bring into question Speaker Cotter’s earlier statements about his involvement in the Courser-Gamrat scandal. If these allegations are proven true, it is obvious that Speaker Cotter and his chief of staff Norm Saari put their own personal political gain ahead of the concerns of the people of Michigan. Because they failed to protect employees under their control, failed to rein in two Representatives in their caucus and then withheld vital information from the House during the expulsion hearings, Speaker Cotter and Norm Saari must resign their respective seats immediately.”


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