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Monday, July 9, 2012

Fmr. Rep. Thad McCotter abrupt resignation, leaves Gov. Snyder to determine if Special Election will be held

At a earlier Republican Leadership Conference
event, Fmr. Rep. Thad McCotter signaled a time out.
On July 6th, McCotter called "Time-Out"
on his reign in Congress, by resigning from his seat.
Resigned former Michigan Representative Thad McCotter (R), after his campaign submitted questionable petition signatures for the state's May 15th party primary deadline, open seat could be quickly filled if Governor Rick Snyder (R) calls a special election for the open position.

From Friday, July 6th:
Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Snyder received the Livonia Republican's resignation letter in the afternoon. 
"The governor thanks the congressman for his years of service to our state and country," she said. "We won't have a definitive answer on next steps until we have the opportunity to more closely review 
Michigan's election law and consult with the state's election experts." 
The U.S. Constitution says the governor shall hold elections to fill vacancies in the House.
Michigan official primary election on August 7th used to determine party candidates for the general election November 6th. is now less than a month away. With the shorter time frame, Gov. Snyder would need to determine final his decision if a special election would be held for McCotter's former seat within the week.

McCotter, announcing his resignation decision on Friday, June 6th, stated the last month since reports surfaced that over 80% of the petition signatures his campaign submitted to Michigan's Bureau of Elections was fraudulent stated the last month and a half has been "nightmarish" for his family.

From the Detroit Free Press July 6th:
"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."

The only official Republican on the ballot, Kerry Bentivolio, faces a write-in challenge from former state Senator Nancy Cassis. An Republican "run-off" election could be held during the November general election. Regardless of the outcome, a GOP winner would only fill former Congressman McCotter's seat for two months, until January 2, 2013.

Former Congressman McCotter after being disqualified to run on the Republican Primary Ballot, due to the questionable signatures submission, originally announced he would run a "write-in" campaign before resigning from the position altogether on Friday.

Until the fate of Michigan 11th Congressional Seat is determined, voters in the Wayne and Oakland County district McCotter served, will have no U.S. House representation in Washington, D.C.

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