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Republican McCotter Resigns After ‘Nightmarish Month’

July 7, 2012
Republican McCotter Resigns After ‘Nightmarish Month’
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“Today I have resigned from the office of United States Representative for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District,” McCotter wrote in a statement. “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.” In June, McCotter announced that he would not seek reelection after he failed to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. McCotter, who did not turn in the necessary 1,000 signatures to become eligible, had initially pledged to wage a write-in primary campaign — a decidedly uphill endeavor. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, immediately launched an investigation into the congressman’s signature-gathering effort after election workers tasked with reviewing McCotter’s submitted petitions said they found signs of widespread fraud. The incumbent has said that he is offering his full cooperation with the investigation. On Thursday, McCotter’s fate took another bizarre turn after the Detroit News published an unflattering article revealing that he had been working on a script for a lowbrow TV pilot. The congressman told the paper that working on the project had been a “cathartic” experience that helped him get through the embarrassment he experienced following his failed presidential bid. McCotter resigns after ‘nightmarish’ month The surprise announcement came after an astonishing six-week collapse for the Michigan Republican. Crooks and Liars Update: U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) has resigned. Politico reports : From his statement: Today I have resigned from the office of United States Representative for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. 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. ———————————————————————————————————————— Does the Republican party just let anyone run for president? After U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter’s brief foray as a Republican candidate for president ended last year, but before he ended his efforts last month to win back his Michigan seat as a write-in candidate after fraud allegations, it seems he decided to try his hand at “writing” for television. [ Via ] “Bumper Sticker: Made On Motown” starred McCotter hosting a crude variety show cast with characters bearing the nicknames of his congressional staffers, his brother and a drunk, perverted “Black Santa.” They take pot shots about McCotter’s ill-fated bid for the White House while spewing banter about drinking, sex, race, flatulence, puking and women’s anatomy. It features a cartoon intro and closing snippet with an Oldsmobile careening through Detroit and knocking over the city’s landmarks. The double-finned car has a Michigan license plate reading: “Made on MoTown.” The News obtained a copy of the script from a former staffer who offered it as evidence of what the five-term congressman was pitching while in elected office and the tawdry humor unbecoming of a public official who had become disinterested in serving the 11th Congressional District. But wait, there’s so much more: Some congressional staffers included in his 42-minute pilot episode dated Oct. 17, 2011, were the same longtime employees who handled the collection of petition signatures that botched his chances of getting on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. The character named “Wardo,” the nickname others acknowledge is used for District Director Paul Seewald, dresses in a matador costume, gets drunk on a whisky-laced Slurpee and runs off stage after puking. “Chowsers,” the nickname for Deputy District Director Don Yowchuang, leers at women’s body parts and snaps cell phone pictures of them, goes “cougar hunting” and repeats the line “I’m Thai.” Seewald and Yowchuang received substantial pay increases in the first quarter of this year—19 percent and 32 percent, respectively, compared with previous quarters, according to records from Legistorm. And yikes! In “Bumper Sticker,” conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is cast as guest on the pilot. Cupp, a regular guest on cable political shows, also has appeared on “Red Eye” and co-hosts MSNBC’s “The Cycle.” McCotter tries to ask serious questions of the columnist, while his sidekicks chime in by asking how she “keeps that great stripper bod?” and whether “D-Cupp” is dating anyone. In the script, Cupp is disgusted by the “train wreck” of the show. It’s unclear whether Cupp knew of her role in the pilot. Reached by e-mail, she didn’t want to talk about McCotter. McCotter said that the variety show is his outlet to deal with the “destructive” environment in Washington. What, by contributing to it? An aside to my fellow Michiganders, if you see any of your Republican congress critters drinking Slurpees this Summer, you might want to remind them not to drink and drive. Please!
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