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Indicted Rep. Larry Inman seeking treatment for 'long-time use' of opioid painkillers

June 06, 2019, 4:08 PM

Rep. Larry Inman (Photo: Facebook)

State Rep. Larry Inman, the indicted Traverse City Republican accused in an alleged contributions-for-votes scheme, is now seeking treatment for "long-term use of prescription painkillers," the Associated Press reports:

The attorney for (Inman, facing) pressure to resign from office, said Thursday that Inman sought an evaluation and treatment late last week. Christopher Cooke says the opioids were prescribed to Inman after a number of major surgeries in the last several years.

The indictment stems from Inman's alleged behavior during the run-up to a 2018 vote to repeal the state's prevailing-wage law. He is accused of actively soliciting contributions from various state labor unions, in exchange for a favorable vote on the repeal. The FBI gathered texts between Inman and various union representatives, with one that concluded with the now-infamous "we never had this conversation," from Inman. 

Inman has been asked to resign by his fellow Republican, House Speaker Lee Chatfield. He has so far refused to do so, but drug treatment may give him cover to do so, the AP reports:

Cooke says Inman and his physicians "will continue to evaluate his ability to effectively serve his constituency as his treatment progresses."

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