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Michigan: Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress (UPDATED)
Roll Call ^ | Posted at 5:29 p.m. on July 6 | Joshua Miller

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 Michigan’s 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 event’s 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, McCotter’s chief of staff, confirmed the resignation to Roll Call.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: mccotter; thaddeusmccotter
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1 posted on 07/07/2012 2:58:10 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

This isn’t “breaking”, it was already announced last night.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 2:59:50 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: neverdem

You can sure tell he’s had 26 years of practice slinging the bull, can’t you?


3 posted on 07/07/2012 3:00:47 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: PGalt; SunkenCiv

Out with the old ping!


4 posted on 07/07/2012 3:01:05 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Not exactly breaking but worthy of discussion.

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5 posted on 07/07/2012 3:01:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: neverdem

de he come out of the closet looks gay creepy


6 posted on 07/07/2012 3:05:51 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: neverdem
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2903605/posts

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.

7 posted on 07/07/2012 3:06:46 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: neverdem

26 years. Michigan is in a mess the U.S. is in trouble and he finally throws his hands up and goes home.

smh

Lets hope he can see clearly now.


8 posted on 07/07/2012 3:07:48 PM PDT by swheats (America, America God shed His grace on thee.)
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To: al baby

Not gay, just done.


9 posted on 07/07/2012 3:09:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mkjessup
Breaking: Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress

That's the title per Roll Call. I searched for Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress, but I found nothing.

10 posted on 07/07/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: cripplecreek

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?


11 posted on 07/07/2012 3:11:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: neverdem
> I searched for "Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress", but I found nothing.

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.

12 posted on 07/07/2012 3:11:42 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah i went back and read the story while waiting to get flamed yeanh he sounded done too


13 posted on 07/07/2012 3:13:56 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: neverdem
Sorry, but what are the problems he is referring to?
14 posted on 07/07/2012 3:14:23 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: al baby

I think there was something about forged signatures on his forms to get on ballot.


15 posted on 07/07/2012 3:14:48 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: al baby
I'm sure his Wife and Kids think so too. /s
16 posted on 07/07/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Godfathercare, either your Freedom or your Money will be on that Insurance Policy.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Its a mess.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/MichiganCongressionalMess/2012/06/11/id/441930

There’s open war between the GOPe and the tea parties.


17 posted on 07/07/2012 3:16:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dayglored; neverdem

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.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 3:16:46 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: neverdem
I thought he was a prett cool guy. Saw him perform with Mike Hucabee. Had some great guitar riffs. I think he simply got sick of the process in D.C.!

"To those who unhappy at this news, I'm sorry; to those happy at this news, you're welcome," he said.

19 posted on 07/07/2012 3:25:46 PM PDT by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: cripplecreek; All
From the link at cripplecreek's :

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.

20 posted on 07/07/2012 3:31:27 PM PDT by blu
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To: Pearls Before Swine; neverdem
I don't know if neverdem had quotes in his search; he used italics in his comment. I used the quotes in my reply because it was already in italics.

But your're right about quotes making the problem worse.

21 posted on 07/07/2012 3:32:25 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: neverdem

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.


22 posted on 07/07/2012 3:33:03 PM PDT by BobL
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To: cripplecreek
There’s open war between the GOPe and the tea parties.

We can't lose this one.

23 posted on 07/07/2012 3:38:05 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: cripplecreek
What a fuster cluck! It sound like basically a four way race between a GOPe write-in, an underfunded TEA Party guy with little chance, a LaRouchite Democrat with even less chance and a Democrat establishment guy who is, at least, on the ballot.

Shades of Alaska's senate race which returned Lisa Murkowski as a write-in, maybe?

24 posted on 07/07/2012 3:38:33 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: blu

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.


25 posted on 07/07/2012 3:38:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: entropy12

“I think there was something about forged signatures on his forms to get on ballot.”

Sounds like his campaign was sabotages by Democratic Savages.


26 posted on 07/07/2012 3:39:13 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: ImpBill

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.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 3:40:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek
War between the gop/e and Conservatives is something that we all had better get used to. It isn't going to stop until our side wins.

LLS

28 posted on 07/07/2012 3:43:55 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: LibLieSlayer

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2902511/posts

There be war in Michigan.


29 posted on 07/07/2012 3:55:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: swheats
"26 years. Michigan is in a mess the U.S. is in trouble and he finally throws his hands up and goes home."

Sure . . . Why not? His retirement benefits are locked in and secure.

30 posted on 07/07/2012 3:56:05 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: neverdem

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?


31 posted on 07/07/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: neverdem
""I and a lot of Republicans I know won't vote for a tea party guy," said attorney David Zacks of Bloomfield Hills, strolling past the expensive boutique shops of downtown Birmingham"

Another Roberts Republican.

32 posted on 07/07/2012 3:57:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Another Roberts Republican.

Romney republicans in that area.
33 posted on 07/07/2012 4:06:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

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.
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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!!!


34 posted on 07/07/2012 4:08:29 PM PDT by no dems (On June 28th, they shoved ObamaCare down our throat. On Nov. 6th, we'll shove it up their ass.)
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To: neverdem

Something fishy here.


35 posted on 07/07/2012 4:09:20 PM PDT by no dems (On June 28th, they shoved ObamaCare down our throat. On Nov. 6th, we'll shove it up their ass.)
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To: cripplecreek

Same thing.


36 posted on 07/07/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: no dems

Saul Anuzis was pimping the national popular vote using official RNC stationary to make it look like the official GOP stance.


37 posted on 07/07/2012 4:12:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: neverdem

Kerry Bentivolio sounds like he would make an excellent Representative.
http://www.bentivolioforcongress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103


38 posted on 07/07/2012 5:13:31 PM PDT by MCF
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To: eddie willers

He is amazing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EcQ03qRE1s&feature=g-like


39 posted on 07/07/2012 5:15:22 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: MCF

Bentivolio endosements

Congressman Justin Amash

Rep. Dave Agema - State Representative, 74th District; Republican National Committeeman-Elect

Right to Life of Michigan PAC

Republican Liberty Caucus

FedUpUSA


40 posted on 07/07/2012 5:17:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: netmilsmom

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him. Hopefully he’ll take an active role in pushing conservative principles.


41 posted on 07/07/2012 5:19:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: neverdem

Something is not right in River city...


42 posted on 07/07/2012 5:26:37 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: cripplecreek
Sho ‘nuf! No Quarter for progressives!

LLS

43 posted on 07/07/2012 5:30:22 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: cripplecreek

I sure hope so.
He gave me hope when I live down by his district.


44 posted on 07/07/2012 5:52:56 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: neverdem
He seems to have been in complete meltdown mode since the voter names petition got so screwed up. Don't know if he was sabotaged from within or if his staff was inept or if running for Prez took his eye completely off the ball. He is a solid conservative in a district with a heavy union presence. He will be missed.

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.

45 posted on 07/07/2012 5:56:34 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: blu

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?


46 posted on 07/07/2012 5:57:46 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Liberty Valance

U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter’s farewell: first John Lennon, now Bob Dylan

http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/07/us_rep_thad_mccotter_channels.html

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.


47 posted on 07/07/2012 6:00:24 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: neverdem

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?


48 posted on 07/07/2012 6:01:00 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Primary isn’t till August.


49 posted on 07/07/2012 6:04:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
how do you indicate sarcasm?

the use of a "/s" after your comment is generally accepted here as meaning the comment is sarcastic.

50 posted on 07/07/2012 6:10:47 PM PDT by exit82
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