By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan lawmaker was removed from his position on the committee after a lawmaker said they had a “volatile” relationship that included domestic violence and threats.
Representative Mari Manoogian, a Democrat from Birmingham, released a statement Wednesday, a day after Macomb County Republican Representative Steve Marino, Harrison Township, was removed from two panels, including the one he chaired, for reasons unknown.
“The sad reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic violence, which often comes from someone you would never expect,” said Manoogian, 29. “None of us are immune to a volatile relationship, no matter what our career. It can happen right here in our legislature, where abuse of power and threats to ruin a reputation. colleague, as well as threats of public humiliation, can be used to intimidate other members of the legislature. I ask for privacy as I take steps to ensure my safety while I continue to represent my district and to do the work of the people.
She did not specify what Marino, 32, would have done. House Speaker Jason Wentworth, a Republican who disciplined Marino, said state police were investigating.
“I will always prioritize the safety of state lawmakers and those who serve their communities on State Capitol. Once I learned of this situation, I took immediate action. Going forward, the House will honor Representative Manoogian’s request for confidentiality while others examine the allegations, ”he said.
A message requesting comment has been left for Marino.
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