Skip to comments.Michigan: Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress (UPDATED)
Posted on 07/07/2012 2:58:03 PM PDT by neverdem
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Michigan Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who ran a quixotic presidential bid and then failed to get enough signatures to appear on the GOP ballot for his 6th term, announced late today he had resigned from office.
Today I have resigned from the office of United States Representative for Michigans 11th Congressional District, he said in a statement sent out by his campaign.
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. As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave. The recent events totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family. Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, 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, he said.
Martin Van Valkenburg, McCotters chief of staff, confirmed the resignation to Roll Call.
This isn’t “breaking”, it was already announced last night.
You can sure tell he’s had 26 years of practice slinging the bull, can’t you?
Out with the old ping!
de he come out of the closet looks gay creepy
About 24 hours ago, "Rep. McCotter resigns after nightmarish month and a half", just searched on "McCotter" in titles.
Thanks for reposting, since I didn't see the first thread. But "Breaking" it's not.
26 years. Michigan is in a mess the U.S. is in trouble and he finally throws his hands up and goes home.
Lets hope he can see clearly now.
Not gay, just done.
That's the title per Roll Call. I searched for Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress, but I found nothing.
The Cook PVI for Michigan’s 11th district is rated EVEN. Is the GOP just going to roll over and cede this seat or do they have an alternative ready to go?
Suggestion: That's way too long a search string -- the likelihood of an exact match is very low. Pick one or two words. Much better chance of hitting something.
Yeah i went back and read the story while waiting to get flamed yeanh he sounded done too
I think there was something about forged signatures on his forms to get on ballot.
Its a mess.
There’s open war between the GOPe and the tea parties.
The quotes are the problem. “Thaddeus McCotter” resigns Congress searches for his name (in quotes) as well as for “resigns” and “Congress”, and presents the most likely candidates, whereas putting everything inside the quotes searches only for the specific way you’ve typed it.
"To those who unhappy at this news, I'm sorry; to those happy at this news, you're welcome," he said.
The Michigan attorney general has launched an investigation into why more than 80 percent of the signatures on McCotter's nominating petitions were invalid many apparently photocopied from other petitions.
But your're right about quotes making the problem worse.
I’ve been on this site just about non-stop (except for some short sleep) and this is the THE FIRST article that I’ve seen of a sitting Congressman resigning in that time.
If that isn’t breaking news, then I don’t know what then definition of breaking news is. So don’t let the Nazis on this site get their rocks off by beating on you - this is more than a worthy topic to bring to our attention.
We can't lose this one.
Shades of Alaska's senate race which returned Lisa Murkowski as a write-in, maybe?
A lot of us here don’t believe that McCotter would be so stupid or careless. Personally I think this was a deliberate attempt to eliminate McCotter. I just wish I could believe it was the democrats but the war between the GOPe and the tea party has gotten especially nasty in Michigan.
“I think there was something about forged signatures on his forms to get on ballot.”
Sounds like his campaign was sabotages by Democratic Savages.
Not much traction in DC for the average (or in McCotter’s case, above average) Congress Critter. McCotter has been keeping a weirdly low profile after last Fall. Not really a Tea Partier as his district needs union auto worker representation to work long term.
There was the Middle of the night rule change that handed the primary tie between Romney and Santorum to Romney. This was followed by the GOP convention where tea partiers removed Saul Anuzis (who voted for the rule change) from his national committee chair. Then there was this McCotter thing and the GOPe had a candidate ready to go who nobody wanted.
Strangely enough, our governor vetoed a bill requiring training of canvassers and another that would require us to check a box declaring that we’re legal citizens when we vote. Keep in mind that this is the same man who threw a tantrum about Santorum’s dirty tick of openly asking union members to vote for him despite holding the governor’s mansion himself due to democrat crossovers.
There be war in Michigan.
Sure . . . Why not? His retirement benefits are locked in and secure.
The little I have seen of McCotter, he has impressed the hell out of me.
Why is it that the good are either driven out or deterred from running?
Another Roberts Republican.
I just wish I could believe it was the democrats but the war between the GOPe and the tea party has gotten especially nasty in Michigan.
When I lived in Michigan, I was active in politics. The Conservatives have always been hated by the Elitists. Spencer Abraham was a fat, snobbish, pig when he was State Party Chair. A real a**hole. Can’t stand that ugly oinker!!!
Something fishy here.
Saul Anuzis was pimping the national popular vote using official RNC stationary to make it look like the official GOP stance.
Kerry Bentivolio sounds like he would make an excellent Representative.
Congressman Justin Amash
Rep. Dave Agema - State Representative, 74th District; Republican National Committeeman-Elect
Right to Life of Michigan PAC
Republican Liberty Caucus
I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him. Hopefully he’ll take an active role in pushing conservative principles.
Something is not right in River city...
I sure hope so.
He gave me hope when I live down by his district.
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia, jams out to a Chuck Berry tune on his star-spangled Fender Telecaster shortly after he announced his candidacy for president at the WAAM Freedom Fest in Whitmore Lake on Saturday, July 2, 2011.
The Michigan attorney general has launched an investigation into why more than 80 percent of the signatures on McCotter’s nominating petitions were invalid many apparently photocopied from other petitions.
What’s up with this guy? Does he think he’s a democrat?
Before everyone attacks, how do you indicate sarcasm?
U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter’s farewell: first John Lennon, now Bob Dylan
LANSING, MI - When he abandoned a write-in campaign to hold onto his suburban Detroit congressional district in June, Thaddeus McCotter tweeted a video of John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels.”
“I just had to let it go,” Lennon sings.
McCotter, in abruptly resigning on Friday, turned to another music icon, Bob Dylan.
“Strike another match, go start anew,” he said in his statement, repeating a line in Dylan’s farewell song, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”
Indeed, it is.
The five-term Livonia Republican’s resignation capped a nearly eight-week long “nightmarish” saga that began when his campaign turned in far fewer valid signatures than required to qualify for the August primary - an unprecedented failure for an incumbent.
Is he doing a ‘Tom Delay’ and his resignation going to leave the GOP without a nominee or did someone else win already win the primary?
Primary isn’t till August.
the use of a "/s" after your comment is generally accepted here as meaning the comment is sarcastic.