• Thaddeus McCotter Retiring from Congress

    Who can say exactly why Michigan Republican Thaddeus McCotter chose today to abruptly resign from the U.S. House of Representatives. Maybe — after failing to make the state ballot for November — he's looking to leave D.C. with some shred of dignity intact. Maybe he's being forced out. Or maybe he's just the saddest person in America right now.

    This except from his resignation seems to lean toward the latter

    "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.

    "I do not leave for an existing job and face diminishing prospects (and am both unwilling and ill-suited to lobby), my priorities are twofold: find gainful employment to help provide for my family; and continue to assist, in any way they see fit, the Michigan Attorney General's earnest and thorough investigation, which I requested, into the 2012 petition filing."

    Politicians… Always putting a positive spin on everything.

    For what it's worth, my cousin is looking for a guitarist to gig with him in A.C. for three nights next weekend. If anybody knows McCotter's contact info, can they pass that on? He'd have to get there himself, but meals are taken care of. And he can totally crash in the bass player's garage.

    After the jump, you can watch Rep. McCotter in happier days, when he was our first Undercision 2012: Running with the Underdogs interviewee…

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    Tags: House of Representatives, Michigan, Thaddeus McCotter

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