A Michigan state official was removed from his committee duties this week after allegations of domestic violence were made by a former dating partner who is also a lawmaker in the State House.
Republican State Representative Steve Marino of Harrison Township confirmed in a statement that he had dated Democratic State Representative Mari Manoogian of Birmingham, but denied all of the latter’s allegations of domestic violence.
“I had a relationship that ended over a year ago with Representative Amara Manoogian. She served on a committee that I chaired. I regret that I accepted her request not to not disclose the previous relationship to the speaker, “Marino, 32, said in the declaration .
“However, I will be clear: the innuendos being made are nothing more than politically motivated character assassination which I am sure will end in a waste of public time. I look forward to performing my duties. and maintain the confidence that I have worked so hard to build over my seven years in public service, ”added Marino.
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Michigan State Police are investigating the allegations but declined to go into details, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Manoogian, 29, released a statement on Wednesday in response to Marino’s removal from his assignments, saying: “The sad reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic violence, which often comes from someone to whom we don’t. we would never wait. “
“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, ”House Speaker Jason Wentworth said in a statement. declaration .
Manoogian’s statement did not clarify Marino’s alleged abuse.
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The Washington Examiner contacted the House Business Office but did not receive an immediate response.