Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has ended his bid to win re-election as a write-in candidate. The long-standing Republican Congressman from suburban Detroit was planning his run as a write-in after failing to file enough petition signatures to qualify for the primary ballot.
In the end, it was just too big a hill to climb. Dwindling grassroots support after failing in one of the most basic responsibilities of a political campaign; a new district much of which is in Oakland County instead of his home turf of Wayne County; and too many other write-in candidates. Other candidates are making plans to enter the race with their own write-in challenges to a Tea Party supporter who is the only Republican who will appear on the August primary ballot.
McCotter announced his decision in a written statement. He says it will allow him to focus on his congressional responsibilities and to cooperate with a criminal investigation into how hundreds of faked, photo-copied signatures appeared on the petitions his campaign submitted to elections officials.