Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., abruptly resigned from Congress on Friday.
McCotter’s original filing for reelection was found to contain potentially fraudulent signatures. After briefly suggesting he would seek reelection as a write-in candidate, McCotter instead announced he would retire from Congress in January.
McCotter’s resignation was unexpected, although he had come under fire for a raunchy television pilot that McCotter had written, which featured McConnell himself as the host of a variety program. The program would feature parody versions of his staffers, a drunk “Black Santa,” and discussions involving flatulence, race and women’s anatomy.
“After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have, for the first time, severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family,” McCotter wrote in a statement.
McCotter added that “The recent event’s [sic] totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family.”
McCotter went on to quote Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”
“For the sake of my loved ones I must ‘strike another match, go start anew’ by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen,” McCotter wrote.
McCotter made an abortive run for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, ultimately dropping out in the fall of 2011. His office has been under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General over the reelection petition. McCotter has maintained that he was not involved in any wrongdoing and has suggested that members of his staff were behind the forging of signatures.
While McCotter’s seat is now vacant, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is not expected to call for a special election given the short time between now and November.
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