McCotter Staff “Lost its Moral Compass,” Michigan AG Office Says

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Congressman Thaddeus McCotter at the 1st Annual Freedom Fest in Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

A “dysfunctional congressional staff” that had “completely lost its moral compass” forged and falsely signed nominating petitions for Thaddeus McCotter, the former Michigan Republican congressman, according to a report today from investigators in the Michigan Attorney General’s office. McCotter quit after his campaign failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify him for re-election.

The state’s AG’s is bringing criminal charges against four former McCotter aides. Investigators completed a 10-week probe that included 75 interviews and sworn statements from nine people including McCotter. The charges include election law forgery and conspiracy.

Here are the report and the press release.

McCotter resigned on July 6, pointing to a “nightmarish month and a half” that had “severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family.”

McCotter planned to run for a sixth term Nov. 6 in a suburban Detroit district that was made more Republican-leaning in redistricting. His party will labor to retain it after a little-known candidate who was the only person seeking the Republican nomination beat a former Republican legislator who was pursuing a write-in campaign in the Aug. 7 primary.

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