MIDLAND DAILY NEWS | State Rep. Glenn charting own course in legislature

When Reps. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Gary Glenn, R-Midland, were first elected last November, it was thought that the trio would form an alliance in the state legislature.

But, of late, Glenn seems to have chosen to go his own direction. Political pundit Tim Skubick recently published an article about the “three Tea Party amigos,” stating that Glenn “has apparently canceled his alliance membership and is methodically charting his own course.”

“I’ve moved in only one direction since taking office, and that’s toward building positive working relationships with all legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, to best benefit the families and taxpayers I represent in Bay and Midland counties,” Glenn stated in an email.

He has formed a good working relationship with House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, while Gamrat and Courser have estranged themselves from Cotter.

“We both represent Midland County, so we often campaign or speak at the same events,” Glenn stated of Cotter. “The first vote I cast in Lansing was to help make Kevin speaker, and I appreciate his trust in appointing me vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, a leadership responsibility I’ve taken very seriously.”

Glenn has worked across the aisle to sponsor legislation with Democrats, which he promised to do.

“There are lawmakers of both parties, depending on the issue, who share my commitment to a free market consumer choice based energy policy, to protecting private property rights from government abuse, to reining in excessive state agency rules and regulations, or to protecting prenatal life, traditional marriage and religious freedom. I’ll work with any legislator, regardless of party, who’ll help advance the principles of a proper and constitutionally limited role of government,” Glenn stated.

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