Washington (CNN) - Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter ended his fifth term in Congress Friday, four months before the November congressional election.
The unsuccessful GOP 2012 presidential candidate resigned from his congressional post after failing to gain a spot on the primary ballot for re-election to the 11th District, set in August.
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"Acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office," McCotter vowed he must "strike another match, go start anew" in a written statement.
After submitting signatures for placement on the MI-11 primary ballot, the state attorney general found that McCotter did not have the required number needed and that the names submitted "included duplicate signatures and the appearance of altered petitions." The office stated it would open a criminal investigation to "investigate allegations of possible fraud."
"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," McCotter said, citing the disruption of his personal life as the central reason for his exit.
"The recent event's totality of calumnies, indignities, and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family," he continued.
Though he pledged to "finish the official duties of my present congressional term" in early June, McCotter's departure is timed four months before the election. Admitting he has not left office before the end of his term for another position, McCotter called his prospects for employment "diminishing."
"(I) am both unwilling and ill-suited to lobby," he said.
Though future prospects of his congressional rock band "Second Amendments," are now unclear, according to The Detroit News, McCotter has penned a television pilot.