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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 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 and 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.

Nino Monea June 03, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Hey, just so you know, you mixed up the name of the Democratic candidate. His name is Syed Taj, not Taj Syed. I know it was screwed up in a Free Press Article too, but here's a link to his site for proof of the name: http://www.tajforcongress.com/
Nancy Kelsey (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Thanks, Nino. We fixed the error and noted that it was changed at the end of the story. I appreciate you bringing it to our attention!
K. A Williams June 03, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Mr. McCotter was a great representative for Michigan. I believe there was fraud in this election process by people or groups who do not like some things that Mr. McCotter I sincerely hope Mr. McCotter has exposed during his time in DC. I sincerely hope a comlete investigation finds out who perpetrated this fraud of our election process. This is America not some backward country.
Barbara MB June 03, 2012 at 04:03 AM
McCotter ended his statement saying: “... to those happy at this news, you’re welcome." thank you :)
Joseph McCauley June 03, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Wow. What an amazing downfall. It will be interesting who (if anyone) goes to the slammer or gets fined for this gross screw up. Thad had no business running for President and now we find out he couldn't even run his own staff properly.
Bryan Bentley June 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I will be taking a closer look at Mr. Bentivolio at this point. Thad has two options in his future, and both of them are daunting...
Herb Helzer June 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
So... Thaddeus McCotter was the victim of a conspiracy, in which members of his own staff were compromised and forced to turn in obvious faked and fraudulent petition signatures. All because some people or groups did not like what Mr. McCotter has exposed during his time in Congress, and were...afraid of what he might do with a sixth term? Seriously? As conspiracies go, this is among the more half-baked. All Thaddeus had to do was ask his staff to show him the signatures they'd gathered before sending them off to the Secretary of State, and the whole "conspiracy" would have unraveled. Isn't it just easier to accept that he was negligent and complacent, with a staff more incompetent than corrupt? For five terms Thaddeus McCotter's been a virtual non-entity in the House -- never named the chair or ranking member of a committee or subcommittee, never wrote a bill or significant amendment that became law, and failed miserably at bringing appropriations into the District. Thad freely "co-sponsored" all manner of legislation he didn't write, but there's no evidence that the "McCotter stamp of approval" ever carried weight. He was never a leader in Michigan's Hosue delegation -- unlike, say, Candice Miller, Mike Rogers or even Tim Walberg. All McCotter ever did was vote with his party, and give florid and bellicose speeches on the House floor. In short, he was a gadfly. You don't need a big conspiracy to bring down a gadfly.
Herb Helzer June 06, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Hope you like reindeer and Tea Party rhetoric, then...'cos that's Kerry Bentivolio in a nutshell.
Bryan Bentley June 07, 2012 at 03:08 AM
So Herb, tell me, who will you be looking at, and leaning towards for this seat?
Herb Helzer June 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I give Kerry Bentivolio credit for: 1) His military service; 2) The fact that, despite little money and very limited name recognition, he managed to submit more than 1,000 valid signatures -- but then, so did the LaRouche crackpot...which kinda makes Thaddeus' failure even more pathetic. 3) Causing the GOP establishment -- L. Brooks Patterson, MiCox, Paul Welday, Nancy Cassis, etc. -- to sweat bullets and consider spending $100,000-$200,000 on a write-in campaign. A man who can do that simply by following the rules can't be all bad. All that said, I am a Democrat, so I'll be advocating on behalf of Dr. Syed Taj. Fortunately, he's worthy of advocating. If the unthinkable happens and the LaRouche troll wins the Democratic primary...Mr. Bentivolio would have my vote (assuming he wins his primary).

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