The Michigan state House voted 98 to 8 to seek the resignation of Republican Rep. Larry Inman after he was indicted for offering a quid pro quo vote to the state’s unions in exchange for campaign donations, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Inman was indicted by a grand jury in May and now faces charges in the incident. He has not attended any House sessions since the indictment.
“Inman’s pattern of conduct, including both the actions alleged in the indictment and numerous public statements made afterward, has drawn ridicule and disgrace to the state of Michigan and the Michigan House of Representatives, shaking the public trust and confidence in this legislative body, staining the honor, dignity and integrity of the House, and distracting from the serious policy issues and debates before this body,” the resolution read.
The lawmaker has refused to resign, saying his communications were taken out of context and that he was battling an addiction to opioids at the time. He has since completed treatment and says he’s doing much better.
The House can vote to expel Inman with a two-thirds majority, and has indicated that it could take steps to do so if he does not resign “immediately.”
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