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McCotter Quits Congress

McCotter Quits Congress


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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1:16PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

I'm not a McCotter fan, but I have got to wonder about any politician's penchant for political suicide. What gets into these people once they're elected?

2:30PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

He will not be missed....

8:49AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

I am not suprised that this Repuke buffoon and crook got on the ballot with fraudulent signatures. However, I am quite surpised that a Repuke, when caught, actually had the decency to resign.

11:35PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Another one bites the dust!

And then there is Rick Scott of Florida saying that if he can't steal it, Florida doesn't want it!

All Republicans need to exit stage right through the one way door --- out!

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

9:45PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Yet like a drop of salt water evaporating from the ocean the sea levels continue to rise as society sinks into the depths.

8:42PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

We'll see what the Michigan attorney's general office finds out in their investigation, and then we can judge if he quickly resigned for the reasons stated ... or "to spend more time with his family" ... or what. Politicians are such liars, I'm totally cynical when a politician speaks.

7:34PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

We had a few elected officials (Republicans) who also were accused of having fraudulent signages on their filings. The news reported it and then everyone was silent. Probably because a majority of those elected are Republicans - for now.

7:34PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Dominic, just to clarify, that was a joke, right?

6:04PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Cotter's re-election filing contained potentially fraudulent signatures and he is a Repubican. I was under the impression that all of the Republican governors' voter purges were because the democrats were aledgedly using fraudulent voter registration signatures or maybe it is just their attempt to steal the election for Willard Romney. With all of their purported righteousness it is nice to know that they are atempting to use fraudulent elections filings to get on a ballot. I suppose when you are half baked and half assed it is easier to make up supporters than to earn them.

5:56PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Lets be civil about this. At least, he is noble enough to leave and let others lead. There is at least some dignity in this Congressman. :)

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