May 26, 2012

Whatever happened to Thaddeus McCotter?

Oh, no!
According to the Secretary of State's website, McCotter had turned in 2,000 signatures, the maximum allowable. Congressional candidates must turn in at least 1,000 and no more than 2,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The Secretary of State didn't say how many signatures McCotter could be short by, but spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said Friday night that duplicate signatures were among the problems with McCotter's petitions. When duplicates are found, both signatures are bounced from the petitions.
He's trying to get on the ballot in the Republican primary for reelection in his congressional district. This is a screwy problem to have. We loved McCotter as a candidate for the Republican nomination for President, but he never had a high enough percentage of support to get into the debates, where — I imagine — he would have been fabulous.

14 comments:

David said...

More high level competence from our Congressional representatives.

Jim in St Louis said...

T McC is a good and honorable man.

Diogenes search no more.

edutcher said...
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edutcher said...

Sounds like he should move to WI.

Chip S. said...

Those idiotic rules make sabotage relatively. Think you can't beat your opponent in the voting? Then just get a group of your hard-core supporters to sign his petition as many times as possible, crowding out legitimate signatures.

KenK said...

McCotter's unscheduled retirement will give him plenty of time to play his guitar and practice his stand-up comedy routines. It's been pretty clear for a while now that serving in congress just bores him.

Chip S. said...

KenK,

Have you got a metric for boredom with serving in the Congress? Because McCotter certainly shows up for work.

From Jan 2003 to May 2012, McCotter missed 155 of 7207 recorded or roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is better than the median of 2.4%.

hdhouse said...

KenK...

The metric may be better defined as a tolerance for boredom.

elkh1 said...

Chip S:Think you can't beat your opponent in the voting? Then just get a group of your hard-core supporters to sign his petition as many times as possible...

Or get your judge-friend in California to unseal a 20 years old divorce decree when you run for the Senate seat in Illinois.

Bill said...

Seems like one of those things where it's prudent to wait a few days to let the real story shake out. I have a feeling there's more to this.

On the plus side, maybe now he's free to be VP.

An unconventional choice, and I'd pay cash money to watch him debate Biden.

CatherineM said...

DIdn't Obama win his state senate seat in a similar way?

el polacko said...

mccotter was robbed in the prez primary. his percentage was as high as a couple of the other candidates who were 'allowed' into the debates. the powers-that-be didn't want him there because he would have so easily bested the others. the guy is genuinely intelligent, super-sharp, and wields a wicked sense of humor. the very first time i saw him guest on 'red eye', years ago, i said "this guy would make a terrific president". had more people been able to see him in action, i have little doubt that we would be looking at a much different race for the oval office right now. not that it's very likely to happen, but i'm lovin' the idea of him as vp pick. a debate against biden would be a slaughter worthy of the roman coliseum...and having mccotter as next-in-line would be comforting.

mRed said...

Thad isn't retiring, he will probably run as a write-in for the primary and he will win.

Mitch H. said...

What the hell, "maximum signatures"? That's lunacy. Either Michigan's electoral law is stark raving mad, or the writer of this article severely screwed up the facts of the case.