Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking a bribe

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan lawmaker has been charged with seeking a bribe from a labor union in exchange for a favorable vote on a wage issue.
  
A federal grand jury indicted state Rep. Larry Inman on charges of attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI. Inman is a Republican from the Traverse City area who is serving his third term in the House after decades as a local official in northern Michigan.
  
Inman is accused of pledging to vote against an effort to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law if he could get campaign contributions from a carpenters union. Prosecutors say the union didn’t respond as requested, and Inman voted to repeal the law.
  
Inman’s office issued this statement:

I am innocent of these charges.  I have never compromised the integrity of my vote. I have always represented my constituency honestly and legally.  I intend on vigorously fighting these charges and defending my reputation.

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