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Rick Snyder

Ex-aide to speaker denies wrongdoing; Gamrat plans to speak

The former top aide to Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter denied any wrongdoing Thursday and said his boss acted "extraordinarily appropriately" in response to an extramarital affair between two other conservative lawmakers, one of whom is set to break her weeklong silence. Norm Saari, whose recent appointment to the Michigan Public Service Commission was the subject of a legislative advice-and-consent hearing, drew criticism from a Democratic senator who accused him of overlooking or ignoring whether Reps. Todd Courser of Lapeer and Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell misused public funds in an attempt to hide their relationship nearly three months ago. Saari, citing an ongoing House...