Rep. McCotter Calls It Quits After 'Nightmarish' Month

...full of 'calumnies, indignities, and deceits'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2012 5:56 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., holds a news conference to announce a Social Security reform bill he is introducing in the House today, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – There are bad months, and then there are months like the one Rep. Thaddeus McCotter has had. The Michigan representative today announced he's resigning, and issued a statement that seems straight out of a soap opera. In it, he called the last month and a half "nightmarish" and wrote of "calumnies, indignities, and deceits [that] have weighed most heavily upon my family."

ABC News explains that bad things have come in threes for the five-term Republican: His bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination failed miserably, his staff didn't collect enough valid petition signatures to get him on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, and a "racy TV pilot" he wrote was handed to the press by an ex-staffer this week. And his statement sounds pretty glum: "I do not leave for an existing job and face diminishing prospects (and am both unwilling and ill-suited to lobby)." Still, he closes by saying this to Michigan’s 11th Congressional District: "Thank you for the privilege of having worked for you." Click to read more about the "tawdry" pilot, which featured a "drunk, perverted Black Santa."

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