Rep. Thad McCotter Could Be Left Off Ballot On Technicality

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is having a bit of a legal hold-up with his candidacy. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Republican might not make it on the ballot in his home district if he doesn’t have the requisite petition signatures to get on the ballot– and right now he is having “duplicate signature problems.”

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In what Politico is calling a “stunning oversight” for an incumbent, Rep. McCotter– known nationally both for his Republican presidential bid this year and his frequent appearances on Fox News’ Red Eye– the Detroit Free Press is reporting it is possible the Congressman didn’t buffer his petitions with enough signatures to make up lost time in unusable or duplicate signatures:

According to the Secretary of State’s website, McCotter had turned in 2,000 signatures, the maximum allowable. Congressional candidates must turn in at least 1,000 and no more than 2,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Rep. McCotter issued the following statement on the matter, promising an investigation and prompt resolution of the problem:

“Fully respecting the accuracy and integrity of the Secretary of State’s Office, we will thoroughly review our petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency,” the Livonia Republican said in his statement. “Out of respect for Memorial Day, an announcement of our findings will be made public on Tuesday.”

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