Michigan State Representative Todd Courser called one of his aides, Ben Graham, late one night and asked him to come to his office. Courser asked Graham to leak a fake sex scandal about himself. “Ben, I need you to destroy me,” Courser told Graham. Courser had been receiving anonymous texts from someone who threatened to expose his affair with fellow state representative and Tea Party member Cindy Gamrat. Both were married with children — and talked often in public about their Christian morals. Courser strangely thought he could control the situation by diverting attention to a false sex scandal that had him paying a male prostitute for sex. Courser had already written the email he wanted Graham to distribute. It included the line “He (Courser) is a bisexual, porn-addicted sexual deviant.”
Before meeting Courser in his office, Graham told fellow aide Keith Allard he’d been summoned by the boss. Allard advised Graham to record the conversation. Allard said Courser had already shown erratic behavior at the office and “he kept a loaded gun in the office.” Graham and Allard were fired from their jobs. They are now suing Courser and Gamrat (both of whom are no longer in office) and the Michigan House for wrongful termination. All four people involved will tell their sides of the story on ABC 20/20 on January 22 at 10pm.