McCotter strikes 'another match,' resigns from office
July 6th, 2012
06:19 PM ET
8 years ago

McCotter strikes 'another match,' resigns from office

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • House • Thad McCotter
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    As my Guitar gently weeps , not.

    July 6, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. batjones

    Although a partisan against Mr. McCotter's politics, I do not understand why gaining ballot access for the upcoming election would preclude Mr. McCotter from serving out the rest of his term. If he is permitted to quit, I think the United States should dock his pay for failing to uphold his oath of office. Will Michigan have to endure the extra expense of a special election? His Michigan district will not have representation. There has to be more to this story than that Mr. McCotter is tired. Mr. McCotter needs to suck it up like every other working American and complete the last five months.

    July 6, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    one more seat for democrat

    July 6, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. moonghaelela

    If ever there was a Republican nut case no one could fill that description better than McCotter.

    July 6, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. hermes96

    Well Mr. McCotter try starting a career as a stay at home dad... or a school teacher Welcome back M.r McCotter....

    July 6, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Ken Myers

    No great loss here. This a member of the nutty wing of the Republican party. So long governing is for adults.

    July 6, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. J. Ressner

    "Strike another match, go start anew" is a lyric from Bob Dylan's song "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue."

    July 6, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Bob Leonard

    "Strike another math, go start anew.
    It's all over now baby blue"
    -Bob Dylan

    July 6, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Larry L

    We've lost another radical. Good.

    July 6, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. craig in nj usa

    That's terrible news! Thaddeus McCotter was one of the good ones! Good luck in your future endeavors sir!

    July 6, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |

    The unhinged GOBP are jumping ship in July. Bill Krystal waited until Oct in 2008 to jump. Not this time. Mitt(I have nothing to offer)McCain has the Rove right wingnuts shaking in their boots.

    July 7, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  12. AL in West Palm Beach

    This is why Republicans are always weary of VOTER FRAUD because they have mastered that to an ART form. They are the first to say, "we don't want people to vote who are not eligible", yet, they are also the first to be caught FORGING vote-related documents.

    I betcha this man's going to run around the press blaming all this on some lowly-paid or unpaid intern in his/her low-twenties, claiming this intern was too ZEALOUS about getting him re-elected.

    July 7, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. Jules

    That statement McCotter made may just be the reason he did not get a spot on the ticket.

    July 7, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |