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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter Resigns After ‘Nightmarish’ Month

US House of Representatives (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Thaddeus McCotter announced Friday evening that he is resigning from Congress after a string of “calumnies, indignities and deceits.”

In the past year the Michigan Republican failed at running for president, failed to collect enough petition signatures to get on the ballot for his re-election and stirred up controversy this week after a racy TV pilot he wrote was leaked to the press by a former staffer.

“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,” McCotter wrote in a statement. “As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave.”

Here is the full statement:

LIVONIA, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter made the following statement:

“Today I have resigned from the office of United States Representative for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.

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.

While our family takes this step into the rest of our lives, we do so with the ultimate confidence in our country’s future. True, as at other times in the life of our nation, we live in an Age of Extremes that prizes intensity over sanity; rhetoric over reality; and destruction over creation. But this too shall pass, thanks to the infinite, inspired wisdom of the sovereign people who, with God’s continued blessings, will again affirm for the generations American Exceptionalism.

Truly, it is a challenging and fortunate time to live in our blessed sanctuary of liberty.

In closing, to The People of Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, I can but say this: Thank you for the privilege of having worked for you.”

~ Thaddeus G. McCotter

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Thad McCotter Ends Presidential Bid, Endorses Mitt Romney

Office of Congressman Thad McCotter(WASHINGTON) -- Rock band guitarist. Congressman. Presidential candidate. Well, scratch that last one.

In an interview with ABC News on Thursday Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter said he was ending his quixotic presidential bid and endorsing Mitt Romney. Why? One reason, McCotter said: “Electability.”

“The overarching goal has to be a new president in 2012,” McCotter said. “It’s not going to be me.”

And while McCotter has, at times, been a harsh critic of the former Massachusetts governor who is running behind Rick Perry in most national polls, he said Romney has “the business background people are looking for in tough economic times.”

McCotter said that Romney has something else going for him: he’s “been vetted through one presidential race already.”

“In a general election,” McCotter told ABC, “Governor Romney stacks up better.”

It’s a turnabout for McCotter who, as a candidate, often sought to link Romney with President Obama.

“We have Obama as the champion of big government, we see Romney as champion of bail out banks in Wall Street bailout,” McCotter said in Fox News interview this summer. “They are less rivals than they are running mates.”

The Michigan Republican said he has “every intention” of running for re-election in the House of Representatives where he plans to continue talking about many of the issues he campaigned on: getting tough on China, entitlement reform, and fixing the housing market, among others.

When Fox News would not allow him to participate in Thursday night’s presidential debate in Florida, McCotter said he knew his presidential hopes were over. He said he was happy for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who managed to meet the one percent national polling threshold to claim a spot at the debate.

“We were traveling below coach,” he said of himself and the other lower-tier presidential candidates like Johnson and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer.

As a candidate -- one who most Americans will never know even ran for president -- McCotter said he most enjoyed traveling the country and meeting grassroots GOP activists.

“I’m one of them,” McCotter told ABC News. “I’m still precinct delegate at heart.”

Oh, and for anyone wondering about his political future, McCotter made one last point: “I’m not planning on running in 2016 against a Republican president.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Presidential Candidate Rep. Thaddeus McCotter Unveils Social Security Fix

Office of Congressman Thad McCotter(WASHINGTON) -- While he’s buried deep in the polls, and he’s not even invited to participate in the Republican presidential debate Monday night in Tampa, Fla., Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., laid out a bill he says “will help save Social Security for future generations” by creating personal savings accounts for the endangered entitlement program.
McCotter told reporters his plan “will not rely upon privatization, it will not rely upon raising the benefit age, it will not rely upon raising the payroll tax, and it will not rely up on cutting benefits.”

“The key to this proposal is to think of it as individuals refinance their houses,” McCotter continued. “What you do in a family budget -- if you find existing savings and you use it to leverage a reduction in long-term debt and spending. That is the logic behind this bill.”
McCotter, whose support for the Republican nomination sits around one percent, says his plan achieves solvency through the “voluntary” creation of personal savings accounts for workers 50 or younger. He says his proposals differ from a plan proposed by then-President George W. Bush because his legislation does not divert the payroll tax.

“What's good about this is that as the benefit goes in every month you're still reducing the long-term liability regardless of whether the market performs,” he said.

When asked about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s description of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme, McCotter said that regardless of the label, it’s evident the entitlement program is headed for trouble and in need of a makeover.
“The question is whether you're bickering about what to term it or working to solve it,” McCotter said. “This is an attempt to solve it.”
While he has not spoken to House Speaker John Boehner or Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his newly introduced legislation, McCotter said he is confident his colleagues will be open to it, and he welcomed support and input from anyone who has it.
“I think they'll be very receptive to it -- I haven't bothered with them until we had it ready for them. They're very busy people. I think that they'll be for it,” McCotter said. “In the final analysis, I work with them. I do not work for them.”
McCotter’s campaign for the GOP nomination has not gained much momentum since he launched his bid following two other higher-profile House Republicans -- Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul.

“The highly centralized, bureaucratic welfare state is imploding, this is an attempt to ensure that we have sustainable and strengthened safety nets in this country for those who are less fortunate,” McCotter said of his vision for the future. “It also moves forward into restructuring big government into citizen-driven government for the 21st century.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Thad McCotter to Launch 2012 Campaign

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president Saturday at a local Independence Day celebration, multiple sources close to the Michigan Republican confirm to ABC News.

McCotter, a five-term representative from Livonia, will be the keynote speaker at an event in Whitmore Lake, Mich., where at approximately 8 p.m. Eastern time he is expected to throw his hat in the ring, followed by a performance by his band.

Early Friday morning, McCotter launched a new campaign web site,, with a campaign slogan "For an America That Works." The website lists five core principles that McCotter intends to center his campaign around:

  1. Our liberty is from God not the government;
  2. Our sovereignty is in our souls not the soil;
  3. Our security is from strength not surrender;
  4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector;
  5. Our truths are self-evident not relative

McCotter created a stir last week when a campaign aide attempted to anonymously reserve a prime plot at the Ames Straw Poll real estate auction, paying $18,000 to stake out the same position in the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University that the last winner, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, had claimed in the 2007 straw poll. At the time, most speculated the bid was placed for two other potential candidates currently still on the sidelines – Sarah Palin and Rick Perry.

McCotter currently sits on the House Financial Services Committee and was the chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee from 2006-2010, when the GOP was in the minority during the Pelosi-led 110th and 111th sessions of Congress.

Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, he served in the Michigan State Senate. McCotter is a graduate of Catholic Central High School, the University of Detroit, and the University of Detroit Law School. He is an attorney by profession and his wife, Rita, is a registered nurse. The couple has three young children, George, Timothy, and Emilia, according to a biography on his congressional website.

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