U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter Ends Write-in Campaign
The representative from Michigan’s 11th Congressional District made the announcement Saturday.
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia), who represents Michigan's 11th Congressional District, announced Saturday that he will end his write-in campaign for re-election.
McCotter learned last weekend that he did not have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. He has maintained that the discrepancy was due either to panic or sabotage.
"One can’t clean up a mess multitasking. Honoring my promise to the sovereign people of our community only allows me to finish the official duties of my present Congressional term," McCotter said in a statement. "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."
McCotter added, “Honoring this promise does not allow me to continue a political write-in campaign. This decision is final, regardless of how swiftly the investigation is concluded.”
He ended his statement saying: “To those who (are) unhappy at this news, I’m sorry; to those happy at this news, you’re welcome."
McCotter's campaign says it filed 1,830 signatures, but only 244 were valid, a report said. A congressional candidate must file at least 1,000 and not more than 2,000 signatures.
A few challengers emerged in the days after the announcement that McCotter would run as a write-in. On Friday, Loren Bennett of Canton announced on his Facebook page that he would run as a write-in in the Republican primary. He wrote, "We will need 1,000 volunteers to succeed, but I believe the 11th District deserves better than the representation it's been getting."
Kerry Bentivolio, a former Milford teacher, will be the only GOP name on the ballot. Democrats Dr. Syed Taj of Canton and William Roberts of Redford also will appear on the ballot for the 11th congressional district.
Editor's note: The Democrat from Canton running in the 11th Congressional District race for the U.S. House of Representatives is Dr. Syed Taj.