U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter quit his job Friday, though he was already planning to retire at the end of his term after a humiliating few months during which few people paid attention to his run for president and he failed to make the ballot for reelection in his own state of Michigan. And apparently this last week -- during which a racy TV pilot he wrote became public -- was just so bad that he's not even going to wait it out until his term's end. There's no flowery language here (or not much anyway) in his statement, excerpted via Politico:
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.
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.
Farewell McCotter. We hardly knew ye (which was sort of the problem.)