Now this is pretty amusing for folks in Michigan. Rep. Thad McCotter, one of the loonier right wing congressmen we have, may not appear on the ballot for reelection in November after apparently failing to turn in enough valid signatures on petitions.
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.
There’s that schadenfreude feeling again. McCotter launched a brief and utterly unspectacular run for president late last year. He’s easily the craziest member of the Michigan congressional delegation, but in a very eloquent and amusing kind of way.
By the way, I blame ACORN for this. And God obviously lifted his hand of protection from McCotter.