Rep. Mari Manoogian | House Democrats photo
State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), who this week accused Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.) of domestic violence, has secured a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against him.
The order was issued Friday by 30th Circuit Judge Lisa McCormick. Both are on the floor for House sessions and each have offices in the House Office Building.
House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) on Tuesday stripped Marino of his committee assignments without explanation. On Wednesday, Manoogian issued a statement that “none of us are immune to a volatile relationship, regardless of our career. It can happen right here in our legislature, where abuse of power and threats to ruin a colleague’s reputation, as well as threats of public shaming, can be used to intimidate fellow members of the legislature.”
Marino’s office declined to comment to the Advance on Wednesday, but he later issued a statement to media: “I will be clear: the insinuations made are nothing more than politically motivated character assassination that I am confident will conclude as a waste of the public’s time.”
Manoogian on Friday issued a statement from her attorney, Kelly McClintock of Okemos-based Grewal Law, announcing the PPO.
“Today, Rep. Manoogian petitioned for and received a personal protection order to help ensure her safety and well-being. This PPO was granted based on the court determining that irreparable harm was likely to occur from the delay required to effect notice,” McClintock said in the statement.
Marino’s attorney, Mike Rataj, told the Detroit Free Press on Friday he wasn’t aware of the PPO.
“I can’t imagine what grounds they used to get the PPO. But I can assure you we’ll be filing a motion to have it set aside,” he said.
Manoogian has received support from several colleagues on social media this week.
“I’m so proud of the courage and strength my friend has. I’m in awe of you everyday, and stand behind you 100%,” said Rep. Samantha Steckloff (D-Farmington Hills) on Twitter.
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