U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter announces resignation from Congress

Statement released on resignation

(WXYZ) - U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter from Michigan's 11th Congressional District has announced that he is resigning from Congress.

Back in May, Action News reported the Bureau of Elections did what is called a "face review" of the petition signatures that McCotter turned in as part of his re-election campaign.

That review determined that McCotter did not have enough valid signatures to be put on August's primary ballot. A candidate needs at least 1,000 signatures, but turn in no more than 2,000 signatures to be considered as a candidate.

McCotter released a lengthy and unusual statement regarding his resignation after the close of business Friday. In his statement, the line "strike another match, go start a new" comes from  lyrics to a Bob Dylan song.

Read the statement below:

"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

Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak also released a statement regarding McCotter's resignation from Congress.

"We wish Congressman McCotter and his family the best and thank him for his time serving our state. The Michigan Republican Party remains concentrated and focused on ensuring the 11 th Congressional District receives common sense Republican representation this fall."

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