Michigan congressman ends write-in campaign after failing to make ballot
June 2nd, 2012
06:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Michigan congressman ends write-in campaign after failing to make ballot

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said Saturday that he is ending his write-in bid for re-election, within a week of announcing he would not be on the primary ballot and requesting an investigation to determine why many of the signatures on his petition were ruled invalid.

"One can't clean up a mess multi-tasking," the Republican from Michigan said in a 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."

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The state attorney general's office on Thursday said it would "investigate allegations of possible fraud" into the irregularities pointed out by the state's elections bureau, which included "duplicate signatures and the appearance of altered petitions."

McCotter used an analogy to "It's A Wonderful Life" to describe his ballot misfortune in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Detroit News.

"Now I feel like George Bailey after Uncle Billy admitted he lost the money," he wrote. "Like George, knowing my misplaced trust has negatively impacted so many people is heartrending. Unlike George, I am not tempted to jump off a bridge."

In the Saturday statement, McCotter did not say if he would consider running for Congress or another office in the future. He is currently serving his fifth term and briefly sought the Republican presidential nomination.

– CNN's Robert Yoon, Adam Levy, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    "One can't clean up a mess multi-tasking,"

    And that one, single thought, class, explains why "Amercia" is in the spot we are in today.

    8 years of single threading problems so the GOP and the shrub could understand each and every one.

    A president MUST be able to multi-task.

    June 2, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Thaddeus, look no further than your own corrupt party who wants to control everything, including who can run for office.

    June 2, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. B

    Republicans guilty of voter fraud? Wow!

    June 2, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Sydnium S. Washington

    Ran for president, he withdrew. Ran for congress, he failed. Must be the Dems who did the latter.

    June 2, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. tkret

    Wonder what happened? This afternoon he was being interviewed on radio, talking about the alleged inaccuracies in the petition, stating that he would see this through, and reiterated a few times his website and asking for write ins from the listening public who were in his district. He went on to say he trusted the State Attorney General's office.

    June 2, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Reggie from LA

    Nooooo!!
    Run, Thaddeus, run!!!

    June 2, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. MATTER OF FACT

    Cry me a river!

    June 2, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. BeverlyNC

    Every less Republican is a win for the American People. We need a Democratic Congress and a 60 seat filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate so we can finally implement President Obama's jobs, infrastructure, education, veteran, and banking regulation programs. With no Republicans obstructing every single piece of legislation, America will recover and flourish quickly. We would already be in full recovery had the Republicans not betrayed the nation with their political games of blocking everything to help job creation, small business loans, and housing market corrections. Anyone who votes for a Republican is voting for a Depression for they will continue to destroy our economy, protect corrupt corporations, and the rich. They are no friends of the People. Romney is no leader and has not one solution for anything.
    Doesn't it make you sick to see how gleeful Republicans are that the job creation numbers were lower this month? How unAmerican is that? Republicans have betrayed We the People and we need to remove all from office so real leaders can work with President Obama to finish our recovery from the Bush years.
    I stand with President Obama. A real leader with a proven success record both foreign and domestic. Republicans have nothing to run on so they slander and lie about our President. Facts do matter and Republicans have none.

    June 2, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. mk1

    This is far and away one of the best things that could happen to the state of Michigan and to America.

    June 3, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |