Leaders in Michigan’s House of Representatives are delaying a vote urging the immediate resignation of one of their own members amid news that he’s seeking addiction treatment.
An attorney for indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) announced Thursday that the northern Michigan lawmaker is undergoing treatment for long-term use of opioid painkillers due to multiple surgeries he’s undergone in recent years.
Inman began treatment on June 1, according to his attorney, Chris Cooke.
Inman was indicted last month for attempted bribery and other federal charges related to seeking campaign contributions for himself and other unnamed lawmakers. Inman pleaded “not guilty” late last month and says his text messages were “misinterpreted.” He has resisted calls to step down, but has not attended session since charges were announced.
“Representative Inman and his physicians will continue to evaluate his ability to effectively serve his constituency as his treatment progresses,” Cooke wrote in a statement on Thursday.
That statement has state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) delaying any action on moving a resolution introduced on Tuesday that would urge Inman to resign immediately.
“In light of the news that was made today in his statement that he is seeking medical treatment for opioid addiction, Minority Leader Greig and I believe it’s in the best interest not to move the resolution today,” Chatfield told reporters. “And we hope he receives the treatment that he needs.”
Chatfield added that he believes the statement from Inman’s attorney serves as “an indication … that he is open to resigning in consultation with his physicians and I hope Larry does the right thing.”
Inman stands accused of sending text messages to labor union officials seeking bribes in exchange for his “no” vote on last summer’s successful GOP move to repeal prevailing wage, which mandated union-level wages for certain publicly-funded construction projects.