You won't have Thaddeus McCotter to kick around anymore. Not that anyone spent much time beating up on old Thad. Or thinking about him. Or — apart from an Indecision interview amid his brief underdog bid for Republican presidential nominee — even recognized his existence.
Yet it's true, Thaddeus McCotter was not a Union-side Civil War general as his name would suggest, but a 21st century guitar playing pol who in addition to running for president, has represented Michigan's 11th Congressional district for nearly a decade.
Nothing about the local political environment suggested that McCotter would have any trouble winning re-election and all was copacetic until McCotter turned in 2,000 petition signatures to get on the August congressional primary ballot. According to Michigan's Secretary of State, all but 244 of the signatures were fraudulent. Sheets of signatures were photocopied — in some case three times, and the duplicates inserted throughout the stack of petitions. In some cases, it appears that signatures from 2010 were copied to the 2012 form.
Initially launching a write-in campaign to hold on to his seat, McCotter has now decided that running for re-election would distract from his search for the perpetrator of this "unheard of" fraud…
"One can't clean up a mess multitasking," McCotter said in his statement. "Honoring my promise to the sovereign people of our community only allows me to finish the official duties of my present Congressional term; and aid the State Attorney General criminal investigation that I requested into identifying the person or persons who concocted the fraudulent petitions that have cost me so dearly.
"Honoring this promise does not allow me to continue a political write-in campaign. This decision is final, regardless of how swiftly the investigation is concluded," he said.
On the bright side, we finally found evidence of election fraud! It doesn't involve minorities trying to cast legal ballots in swing state elections, so it hardly merits real investigative resources, but at least detective McCotter and his famed attention to detail are on the case.
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