Lanning did not respond to several requests by the AP for comment. In a 2012 interview with his hometown paper, the Pontiac Daily Leader, he described his job as doing research for the treasurer, handling constituent requests and frequent travel. He has a young son and spends personal time working on Rutherford campaign activities, he told the paper. A Rutherford spokeswoman said the two men's relationship is purely professional.
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, at least initially, for the joint travel. During his interview with AP, the treasurer's answers changed when asked how often he'd shared rooms with Lanning: first confirming the practice, then saying it never had been on state business, then citing two trips 鈥?to Washington D.C. and New York, where hotel rooms can cost several hundred dollars per night.