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Bitter Thad McCotter resigns from Congress

By Capitol Hill Blue
July 7, 2012

Rep. Thad McCotter: ‘I’m outta here.’ (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Thad McCotter, the Michigan Republican Congressman whose bid for re-election was cut short after his primary election petition was thrown out amid charges of fraud, quit Congress Friday, saying he’s had enough.

McCotter was elected to Congress from the state’s 11th Congressional district, which encompasses Detroit’s northwestern suburbs, in 2002.  He announced a bid for President in 2011 but dropped the bid and decided to run for re-election but 85 percent of his primary election petitions signatures were ruled invalid.

The Congressman then announced he would retire at the end of his current term but, on Friday, he issued this bitter resignation:

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.

The recent event’s totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family. Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, for the sake of my loved ones I must “strike another match, go start anew” by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen.

I do not leave for an existing job and face diminishing prospects (and am both unwilling and ill-suited to lobby), my priorities are twofold: find gainful employment to help provide for my family; and continue to assist, in any way they see fit, the Michigan Attorney General’s earnest and thorough investigation, which I requested, into the 2012 petition filing.

While our family takes this step into the rest of our lives, we do so with the ultimate confidence in our country’s future. True, as at other times in the life of our nation, we live in an Age of Extremes that prizes intensity over sanity; rhetoric over reality; and destruction over creation. But this too shall pass, thanks to the infinite, inspired wisdom of the sovereign people who, with God’s continued blessings, will again affirm for the generations American Exceptionalism.

Truly, it is a challenging and fortunate time to live in our blessed sanctuary of liberty.
In closing, to The People of Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, I can but say this: Thank you for the privilege of having worked for you.

 

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3 Responses to Bitter Thad McCotter resigns from Congress

  1. Jon

    July 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Speaking of meaningless rhetoric…

    • Sandy Price

      July 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I too was hoping for some meat in his reason for leaving office. I fear that some big wig in the government is keeping a record of those who do not play well with others. Our government is sinking in corruption and apparently there is not a single set of balls to expose them.

      In my world, the Democrats are still running on their original agenda and the GOP has redone every aspect of being a member of the party. It will take real courage to stop the hypocrisy of following the Teavangelicals. Pity no one remembers the individual rights that built the GOP. There are no rights, just instructions on how to obey.

  2. therealraven

    July 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Only 434 more to go…..