Advance Notice: Briefs

Inman still exiled from House GOP

By: - December 11, 2019 3:44 pm

State Rep. Larry Inman talks to reporters after a months-long hiatus from the House, Sept. 3, 2019 | Nick Manes

State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) may be a free man for now, but he’s still mostly on the outs with his House Republican colleagues.

Inman was acquitted by a jury on Tuesday night of lying to the FBI and a mistrial was declared over federal charges of attempted bribery and extortion after 12 hours of deliberations. Inman was on trial over allegations that he illegally sought campaign contributions. 

But those facts have done little to change his standing within the state House GOP caucus and the colleagues who have pushed him to resign. Inman remains exiled from the group, which voted him out just days after his May indictment.

“Nothing has changed,” said House GOP spokesman Gideon D’Assandro, indicating that Inman remains out of the caucus and without access to his office or staff, and without any committee assignments. 

D’Assandro added that the text messages Inman sent were “unbecoming of a state representative.”

Still, Inman told reporters that he’s simply relieved by Wednesday’s court decision. 

“Yesterday was a very good day for me,” Inman said on Wednesday. “The monumental decision that I did not lie to the FBI and was found not guilty, that really goes to the basis of the whole trial. … It was a great relief [and] that was the best thing that could have happened to me is that I was found not guilty of lying to the FBI.” 

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.