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.
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.