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McCotter: Signatures 'Clearly Not Sufficient to Make the Ballot'

Former congressman testifies in petition fraud case that derailed his reelection efforts.

Former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter testified Oct. 11 that he was unaware that photocopied petition signatures for his reelection had been submitted until Secretary of State Ruth Johnson contacted him to inform him he would not make the August primary ballot, according to the Plymouth Observer

The scandal thrust McCotter's political career into a tailspin. He quickly aborted plans to run as a write-in candidate after the scandal first broke and resigned his seat in July.

McCotter testified he was on a delegation trip to Hawaii when Johnson and his chief of staff each called him to report the irregularities, the report said. McCotter testified that Johnson told him many of the lines on the petition nominating forms appeared broken and lifted from another source, the report said. 

McCotter was called as a witness, the report said, during a three-hour preliminary examination Oct. 11 for two of McCotter's staffers, Paul Seewald and Don Yowchuang, who will learn Oct. 23 if they will stand trial in the scandal.

Joseph McCauley October 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Dah. What's scarey is that this guy (who couldn't manage his own staff) was our U.S. Representative for how many years? Thanks for keep voting him in guys.
Herb Helzer October 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM
First elected to Congress in 2002, after serving on the State Senate committee that redrew the district lines after the 2000 Census. To be clear: The 11th District in 2002 was drawn EXPLICITLY for Thaddeus McCotter's benefit. Thad took full advantage of that gerrymandered district, getting re-elected four times (even surviving the Democratic "wave" elections of 2006 and 2008). After the 2010 Census the lines were drawn again -- to be even MORE Republican-leaning...but most of it's in Oakland County, which is not as friendly to Thaddeus McCotter. But I digress. See, one other thing we've learned since this fiasco came to light was that his signatures for the 2008 and 2010 elections were ALSO largely faked/forged. If the statute of limitations hadn't expired there'd be additional charges. Thing is, McCotter had DIFFERENT campaign staffers for 2008 and 2010. Work that logic through, and THEN you arrive at "scarey." As in, the 2012 staffers didn't just think of committing fraud on their own. Bottom Line: McCotter man had utter contempt for the process. Especially considering how EASY it is for an organized candidate to collect 1,000 valid signatures. For the special election to complete Thaddeus' term, candidates had ONE WEEK to collect and file signatures. Six people managed it -- not one of whom had the advantage of being a sitting Congressman with name recognition and a campaign war chest. So yes, Republicans: Thanks so much for giving us Thaddeus McCotter.

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