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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday called for a special election to fill the seat of U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who resigned suddenly on Friday.
The special primary will be Sept. 5, with a special election to fill the remainder of McCotter's term held in conjunction with the Nov. 6 general election.
A special election would come with new costs for the Wayne and Oakland County municipalities in the district.
According to the governor's office, state election officials estimate it'll cost local government $650,000 for a special election.
Oakland County estimates their costs alone would be in the six figures to print new ballots and for election supplies. Locals would be on the hook for paying for election inspectors, overtime, postage to mail out absentee ballots and applications and paying for elections publication costs.
Confounding the problem is the special election would apply to constituents in the current 11th District Congressional seat, though the voter databases and voter registrations have been adjusted to reflect the new redistricting boundaries in place for the upcoming Aug. 7 primary elections.
In a statement released late Friday, McCotter said "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. 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."
He added: "I do not leave for an existing job and face diminishing prospects (and am both unwilling and ill-suited to lobby), my priorities are twofold: find gainful employment to help provide for my family; and continue to assist, in any way they see fit, the Michigan Attorney General's earnest and thorough investigation, which I requested, into the 2012 petition filing."
The Aug. 7 primary election for the 11th District had Kerry Bentivolio, a former teacher, veteran and Milford reindeer farmer, as the only Republican on the ballot. Former state Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi, launched a write-in campaign with the blessing of the party establishment in Oakland and Wayne counties, which the 11th District encompasses. Neither was immediately available for comment.
Under Michigan law, Gov. Rick Snyder will have to call a special election to fill McCotter's 11th District seat for the remainder of the year.
It was unclear late Friday how soon a special election can be held with the August primary less than five weeks away.
Yannow, with all the light that is being shined on the incumbent mentality within the Party establishment, they really are starting to make the AGW zealots and Earth Day kooks look a lot less insane by comparison.
Attaboy, Mike. That's the "rules matter" Jarhead that folk like and respect.
via The Detroit News
"No one has heard of anything so over the top before," echoed former Republican Attorney General Mike Cox. He added: "To have really overt massive potential fraud is really very unusual."
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office had turned over preliminary findings to Attorney General Bill Schuette's office, which won't comment. But Cox said investigators have tools working in their favor -- a stack of paper evidence, names and signatures of circulators and the power of an investigative subpoena to compel circulators to talk.
"Ruth and Bill are going to have to go to where the facts go, whether that leads them to (McCotter's staff) or to Thad," said Cox, who said he won't run as a write-in for the McCotter seat. He said his family and the McCotters are close, but now he is for "anybody but Thad."
But for nominating petition fraud, the sanctions spelled out in Michigan's election law are misdemeanors.
Someone who signs another's name on a petition, makes a false statement, or signs a petition as a circulator who is not faces up to a $500 fine and 93 days in jail.
Additionally, if the candidate or a petition circulator knew of such petition fraud and didn't report it to authorities, he is guilty of misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and one year imprisonment, under the law.
Isn't that just lovely? Bottom line: We have a smarmy, career DC politico doofus from his specially redrawn District-11 who is now wasting our tax dollars on a misdemeanor witch-hunt that he is responsible for creating.
The shocking development could keep the five-term Republican U.S. House member from running again if he cannot convince the Michigan Secretary of State's office that he collected more than 1,000 valid signatures.
Whooot! My fingers are crossed.
Please, feel free to visit Mr. Kerry Bentivolio's campaign website by clicking, here.
Instead, he'll run again for the 11th Congressional District seat he's held since 2003.
McCotter said he'll back Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, after the former governor made it clear he wouldn't seek a federal health care overhaul like the one Massachusetts adopted when he was in office.