‘I fear for my safety’: Michigan lawmaker says she was ‘threatened and harassed’ by a GOP colleague

‘I fear for my safety’: Michigan lawmaker says she was ‘threatened and harassed’ by a GOP colleague
Rep. Steve Marino (Michigan House of Representatives)

Last week, an attorney for Michigan State Rep. Mari Manoogian revealed that the Democratic lawmaker had obtained a personal protection order against a fellow member of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Steve Marino. Manoogian alleges Marino threatened and harassed her. The Detroit Free Press' Dave Boucher offers some new reporting on those alleged threats in an article published this week.

Boucher reports that according to court records in Ingham County, Michigan, Marino, a Republican, sent Manoogian a text message saying, "I'm making it my life mission to destroy you." Manoogian also alleges that Marino, in a text message, told her, "I hope your car explodes."

Manoogian, according to Ingham County court records, said she dated Marino four about four months in 2019 and alleges that his behavior became increasingly threatening after their relationship ended.

In an official statement filed with the court, Manoogian alleged, "Face to face and over text, Steve began threatening me and harassing me. It has escalated to a point where I fear for my safety and for Steve's own safety. I am afraid of Steve. He repeatedly tells me that he hopes I get in a car crash on my commute to Lansing, and that he hopes my car will blow up.... He constantly berated me with obscenities, calling me a c***, a b**** and telling me to go f*** myself."

Manoogian, in a court filing, also alleges that Marino became physically abusive on one occasion.

"Steve has emotionally and verbally abused me relentlessly," Manoogian alleged in that statement. "He also physically abused me. I do not like hugs, I am not a touchy-feely person. Steve knows this. He chased me around his apartment and held me against my will in a 'hug' until I cried."

The personal protection order against Marino, according to the Detroit Free Press, was issued by 30th Circuit Judge Lisa McCormick.

Earlier this month, M Live reported that in the Michigan State Legislature, Marino had been abruptly removed from committee assignments.

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