LIVONIA (MIRS NEWS) Citing a "nightmarish" past month and a half, U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Livonia) announced he is resigning today from Congress.
"After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have, for the first time, severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family," he said. "As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave.
"The recent event's totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family. 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."
McCotter was bounced off the ballot after only turning in 277 valid signatures to run in the 11th Congressional District. That leaves Tea Party activist Kerry Bentivolio as the lone Republican on the ballot. Former Sen. Nancy Cassis is running a write-in campaign.
McCotter said he has not leaving for an existing job.