By Jonathan Easley -The Hill
GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) resigned on Friday, citing the effects a â€œnightmarishâ€ month and half has had on his family.
â€œAfter 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,â€ McCotter wrote in a statement. â€œAs this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave.â€
His decision to resign comes after news earlier this month that the five-term lawmaker would not wage a write-in campaign for reelection after failing to collect enough signatures to appear on the ballot.
McCotter had suggested that his campaign’s failure to secure 1,000 valid signatures to be on the ballot had been the work of political sabotage. Of the 2,000 signatures submitted, reports said only a few hundred were deemed valid by Michigan state election officials.
â€œThus, 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 â€˜strike another match, go start anewâ€™ by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen,â€ he continued.
â€œI 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.â€
McCotter spent much of the last year focusing on an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
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