Wednesday briefing and open thread

Surely someone has a $10 word to comfort Thad McCotter?

  • So you all know by now that Thad McCotter had some issues with his signatures?

    McCotter may be ousted from Congress without even an election.

    .. [snip MIRS NEWS quote] ..

    McCotter turned in 2000 signatures according to the Secretary of State’s office. Assuming that’s true, how in the hell did 1001 of them get fubared? How? If this is remotely true, I’m flabbergasted. This is after redistricting and other possible candidates gave him a huge gift. Peters is running against Clarke and Lawrence. Marty Knollenberg long said he wasn’t going to run if McCotter did, and is running for Oakland Treasurer. Mike Kowall was going to run and backed out. Kowall especially has to be kicking himself.

    The question is now what. Either McCotter survives the petition challenges, or he’s gone. If he’s in, he’s the favorite to win. If he’s disqualified, then it’s going to be real interesting.

  • Shortly thereafter, Thad announced that he will be running a write-in campaign:

    Having promised people I would seek another term in the United States Congress and, thereby, give them the chance to vote for or against me, the only way to clean up my mess is to run a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.

    This I’m doing.

    Yes, a write-in campaign is a difficult hill to climb but, as I am responsible for the hill, I will climb it to the utmost of my ability. I am heartened to have the critical early support of upstanding Republicans like my friend David Trott and so many others who make this write-in campaign possible.

  • Anyone who has ever been through a write-in campaign knows it’s all about the clerk’s opinion:

    Per state law, any variation of a person’s name can count as a write-in vote, according to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office.

    “Our procedure is to tell clerks to count votes for write-in candidates if the voter’s intention is clear,” Johnson spokesman Fred Woodhams wrote in an email to The News. “The candidate’s full legal name is not necessary so ‘Thad McCotter’ is acceptable as are similar versions as long as the intention of the voter is not in doubt.”

    Which gives us a lot of flexibility. Remember Michael Sessions, Hillsdale’s teen Mayor?

    So, to select Mr. Sessions, voters had to pencil in a blank circle and write his name to the left of the circle – or something close to his name.

    Considerable leeway was given to voters because Mr. Sessions was the only official write-in candidate, Mr. Mohr said.

    Thus, “scissors” counted. So did “that 18-year-old high school kid.” A vote for Robert Blockenstahl did not.

    This should be fun.

  • but not as much fun as this:

    “Republicans seem to think they don’t have to play by the same rules or follow the law,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “First, it was Roy Schmidt and Speaker Jase Bolger conspiring to put a fake Democrat on the ballot in House District 76, which has led to a Michigan State Police investigation for perjury and election fraud. Now, McCotter’s campaign may be guilty of forging signatures just to ensure McCotter got on the ballot. This is no longer an isolated incident. This is a pattern of fraud and illegal activity in the Michigan Republican Party.”

  • Seriously, there’s something fishy going on:

    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter turned in 2,000 petition signatures to get on August primary ballot, but all except 244 have been deemed invalid because of rampant duplicated copies, the Michigan Secretary of State found.

    A review by The Detroit News of the petition signatures found full copies of a sheet of signatures that were photocopied once and in some cases two times and mixed in with the 136-page stack of signatures. In some cases, a different petition circulator’s name was signed to the duplicate copy.

    In addition to the copies, the petitions appear to be cut and pasted in some cases, as if 2010 petition signatures were transposed onto the 2012 form. Thomas acknowledges that’s speculation because the secretary of state’s office returned the 2010 signatures and can’t make a comparison. On some pages, the lines and letters on the petition forms don’t align as they should on the original, suggesting an alteration of the form.

    Epic.

  • So epic, in fact, that even the right-wing bloggers can’t defend it:

    Damn shame to throw away such a remarkable career, and then like chasing your last dollar bill over the rails of a bridge you take the leap. An Angel named Clarence isn’t going to help as all the world becomes a little different Thad.

    So much for dignity.

    Its an amazing thing how someone can get so smug that he allows the simplest part of his campaign to slip out from under him. Signatures. A thousand legitimate freaking signatures. And then to say “the buck stops here”, yet pretend that he is too loved to accept the situation as it is. In “You clean up your own mess” McCotter says:

    “Having promised people I would seek another term in the United States Congress and, thereby, give them the chance to vote for or against me, the only way to clean up my mess is to run a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.

    This I’m doing.”

    Is that how he cleans up a mess? … Typical of the permanent political class types, cleaning up a mess merely means sweeping or squeegeeing it somewhere else for someone else to deal with it.

    My favorite part:

    .. yet pretend that he is too loved to accept the situation as it is.

    It’s beautiful.

Census Daily

Wednesday, May 30th. The first recorded automobile accident involving two vehicles occurred on this date in 1896 in New York City. Henry Wells of Springfield, Massachusetts, was driving a new Duryea Motor Wagon, the first automobile to be made and sold in the U.S. Unfortunately, he collided with Evelyn Thomas of New York, riding a bicycle. Thomas went to the hospital with a broken leg, and Wells spent the night in jail. Now, there are close to 11 million motor vehicle accidents a year, nearly 36,000 of them with fatal injuries. California, with over 3,000, has the greatest number of annual highway deaths, followed closely by Texas, then Florida, and New York.

Solidarity forever, brothers and sisters!!!

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Comments

  1. Scott Urbanowski says:

    Thaddeus McCotter: 244 Supporters And Counting!

    In other news: Pete Hoekstra goes birther. http://thehill.com/video/house/229965-hoekstra-calls-for-government-department-to-check-presidential-candidates-birth-certificates

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