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Thaddeus McCotter Resigns from Congress

By on 7.6.12 | 5:42PM

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) has announced his resignation from Congress.

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.

Just a short time ago, McCotter was rising in the House Republican ranks and emerging as a mordant, pop culture-savvy defender of conservative principles on television and radio. He launched an ill-fated bid for the Republican presidential nomination that was dropped well before the Iowa caucuses and failed to qualify for the GOP primary ballot for renomination after many of his signatures proved invalid. An investigation has been launched into the signature-gathering process employed by the campaign.

I profiled McCotter in the December '09/January '10 issue of The American Spectator.

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