Former State Rep. Todd Courser will run for old seat

Just a week after resigning his position as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, Todd Courser announced Friday he will run in the special election for his seat.

Courser announced Friday morning that he would run for his former seat. He made his announcement during a live interview on CNN and sent out a tweet that said his wife encouraged him to run:

The embattled lawmaker resigned last Friday around 3:15 in the morning. He told FOX 2 on Tuesday that he was prepared to fight for his seat but that Republican leadership was relentless and would not settle for expulsion.

Courser, a Tea Party candidate and devout Christian, admits his affair with former Representative Cindy Gamrat and his attempt to cover it up also make him a hypocrite.

The two were exposed in August when Courser admitted to sending an "outlandish" phony email to GOP activists and others in May claiming he was caught with a male prostitute. The email was intended to make his affair with the 42-year-old Gamrat appear less believable if it were exposed.

On Thursday, Gamrat also announced she would run in the special election.

A primary election will be held on Nov. 3, 2015, and a general election on March 8, 2016. The deadline to file is 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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