U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) announced an end to his write-in efforts to take back his seat in Congress on Saturday night, after his campaign failed to rally enough signatures to remain on the primary ballot.
“I have ended my write-in campaign in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District,” McCotter announced in a statement released on his website. “One can’t clean up a mess multitasking. Honoring my promise to the sovereign people of our community only allows me to finish the official duties of my present Congressional term; and aid the State Attorney General criminal investigation that I requested into identifying the person or persons who concocted the fraudulent petitions that have cost me so dearly.”
The investigation McCotter references is one prompted by the signatures collected by his campaign. After the nearly 2,000 signatures were reviewed, the Michigan secretary of state’s office concluded that just 244 were valid, substantially less than the 1,000 needed to stay on the ballot, were valid after a number of duplications and irregularities were discovered. Michigan Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette has since begun a criminal investigation under the suspicion of fraud. The Detroit News, in a review of the submitted signatures, found that many pages were photocopied wholesale and just placed further along in the 136-page collection of signatures, or just taken from a 2010 petition.