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Maddow mourns ‘strange’ McCotter’s sudden exit from Congress

By David Ferguson
Saturday, July 7, 2012 11:43 EDT
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Maddow says goodbye to Thaddeus McCotter
 
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Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow reacted to Congressional Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)’s abrupt resignation from Congress. Tonight, she said, Washington got a little less strange.

“And if you’re like me and you like a little ‘strange’ in your politics, you may feel some sadness about this, or…,” she said, turning to the backdrop, which read, “Thad Ending,” “some ‘Thadness.’”

Yes, the guitar-slinging Michigan congressman and failed 2012 presidential candidate has announced in a Facebook post that after a “nightmarish” month and a half, he has elected not to complete his current Congressional term. He has represented Michigan’s District 11 since he was elected in November of 2002.

McCotter was taken off the 2012 ballot in the district’s Republican primary after he turned in only a fraction of the necessary signatures to qualify. In what one Michigan Board of Elections official called an “unprecedented” case of fraud, 87 percent of the signatures on McCotter’s petitions were found to be sloppily cut and pasted names and signatures from other documents, and many of those were duplicates.

Last week it came to light that McCotter was working on a script for what could have been a disastrously bad TV pilot featuring an appearance by conservative pundit S. E. Cupp in which characters on the show asked how she maintains her “stripper bod” and refer to her as “D-Cupp.”

McCotter resigned as he served, said Maddow, weirdly.

His resignation post on Facebook reads as if it was dictated to him by Klonopin-addled Hobbits.

“The recent event’s totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family,” he wrote. “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.”

Watch the clip, embedded via MSNBC, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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