Trial Starts For Michigan Lawmaker Accused Trying To Sell His Vote

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December 03, 2019 - 9:49 am
Larry Inman

Larry Inman (Photo: Michigan House Republicans)

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GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) - A Michigan lawmaker accused of trying to trade his vote on legislation for campaign cash is facing trial in federal court.

The trial of state Rep. Larry Inman, a Republican from the Traverse City area, is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

federal indictment revealed text messages sent last year by Inman to people affiliated with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. 

Inman was accused of urging the union to gather $30,000 in campaign contributions from other labor groups to ensure legislators would block a repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law.

Inman, however, denied any wrongdoing, saying his texts were misinterpreted, adding: "I have never compromised the integrity of my vote. I have always represented my constituency honestly and legally. I intend on vigorously fighting these charges and defending my reputation." 

Inman has since refused to resign, returning to the House floor in September after saying he completed 11 weeks of treatment for an addiction to painkillers.

He can no longer get into his Lansing office, and his staff now reports to the House Business Office. He also has been barred from sitting on committees or participating in Republican caucus meetings.

An effort to recall him from office crashed last week after election officials said a word was missing on the petition.