Throwing his congressional race into turmoil, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said Friday evening that he may not have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 7 Republican primary in his suburban Detroit district.
In a statement, McCotter said the Michigan Secretary of State's Office notified him about the apparent problem.
"Fully respecting the accuracy and integrity of the Secretary of State's Office, we will thoroughly review our petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency," the Livonia Republican said in his statement. "Out of respect for Memorial Day, an announcement of our findings will be made public on Tuesday."
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 can make his case to the Board of Canvassers," Gendreau said. "They still have to vote to certify the signatures."
The board is expected to meet the first week of June, though a firm date hasn't been set.
Yeah, whoever's running McCotter's campaign? You're an idiot. Also, thanks for keeping this meathead off the the ballot, possibly. Let's remember McCotter's platform as a GOP hopeful:
He lives in Livonia, Mich., and he represents a suburban district outside Detroit. His seat on the House Financial Services Committee is credited for helping restructure General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group, rescuing both companies from bankruptcy through government loans.
“If you believe American needs manufacturing and farming, that is going to be a message you will hear,” he told the Detroit News Friday.
McCotter says he supported the federal government’s hand in helping both companies recover and adds that their restructuring can be used as an example of what can be done to Social Security and the banking system.
“If you continue to raise taxes, if you continue to massively increase government, you are crushing the chances of a recovery.... The White House should finally get the message that we are not going to make this recession worse, we’re not going to make it harder for people to recover, we want to fix and restructure government starting with the debt ceiling,” he told Huckabee on his show last weekend.
GM bailout good, bank bailout bad. Also spending bad. Also taxes bad...but not if bailouts, taxes, and government spending are used to SAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN HIS DISTRICT. No wonder he didn't last more than a month.
Not sad at all to see this particular hypocrite lose his seat for not following the damn rules.