Quixotic Republican McCotter bows out

Thaddeus McCotter

In a rambling statement,  Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan resigned on July 6. He cited the effects of a "nightmarish" month has had on his family life. The five-term Republican claimed that recent events have "severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family." McCotter said "As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave."

McCotter played the guitar in his own rock band and was known for citing the lyrics from popular music from the floor of the House of Representatives. It had been reported recently that he had written a script for a proposed television show.

In a statement, McCotter said "The recent event's totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family," he added. "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." Here, again, he referenced lyrics written by balladeer Bob Dylan and his classic "It's All Over Now Baby Blue."

McCotter waged a quixotic presidential bid in 2011, while the events leading to his resignation only added to the mystery. Earlier this month, McCotter said that he would not pursue a write-in campaign for reelection. This came because he had failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot for the November election. He has suggested that his campaign's failure to secure the required 1,000 valid signatures to be on the ballot was the work of political sabotage on the part of as yet unknown enemies. Of the 2,000 signatures submitted by the McCotter campaign, reports said only a few hundred were deemed valid by Michigan's election officials.

“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,” his statement said.

McCotter was first elected in 2002 to Michigan's 11th congressional district, representing Detroit suburbs, including Livonia. Born in 1965, he holds a J.D. degree from the University of Detroit.

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.


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