Thad McCotter’s sudden resignation from the House — the political equivalent of stomping his feet, taking his ball and going home — has not only left the people in his district without representation in Congress, it’s also costing money to have an emergency election to fill his seat for a whopping two months. Jeff Wattrick has the details:
The good news is there will be a special election to replace McCotter. The bad news is the special election will take place at the same time as the regular election in November.
Since Congressional districts were redrawn this year, the November special election will take place in the old 11th District and the winner will serve the remainder of McCotter’s term in the 112th Congress—that is to say, until the new Congress takes office on January 3.
At the same time, voters in the new 11th District will elect a representative to serve in the 113th Congress. There’s overlap between the new and old districts, so some lucky voters will vote in both contests.
And since this entire process will require a special September primary, it’s going to cost local communities in the district collectively as much $650,000 they probably don’t have to make this happen.
This confusing and expensive process was completely avoidable. Even if his heart was no longer in Congress, all Thad McCotter had to do was sit quietly on backbench and cast votes for the next few months, but that proved too stressful for his delicate constitution. Instead, he quit with all the grace of a petulant teenager who didn’t get his way.
Yep, that about sums it up.
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