Michigan congressman Thaddeus McCotter to run as write-in after signature snafu

State rules McCotter didn't get required signatures to get name on August primary ballot

Published On: May 28 2012 11:42:53 PM EDT   Updated On: May 29 2012 05:47:28 PM EDT
LIVONIA, Mich. -

Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter plans to run as a write-in candidate on the August primary ballot after the state ruled his campaign did not provide enough valid petition signatures.

The republican turned in 2,000 signatures on May 15, but a review found many of the signatures were duplicates and out of date.

He needed 1,000.

"We will review information provided by the Secretary of State and determine whether additional action is warranted," said Joy Yearout, spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The Michigan primary will be held on August 7.

"You need to clean up your own mess. The buck stops here," McCotter told Local 4 Tuesday. "So, we're doing that on both fronts."

McCotter said he had left the signature task to his staff was was blindsided when he found out not only that they may be inadequate, but fraudulent.

"I am trusting in the attorney general and the secretary of state to do the proper process, which they will. It's their responsibility under law to find out what happened to protect the integrity of the filing process and, if there are irregularities, to let the public known and punish the people who did it," he said.

McCotter said his campaign will continue with the usual lawn signs and voter engagement - but also on emphasis on the requirements for making sure his name is properly written down on ballots.

The Republican from Livonia has served five terms in the 11th Congressional District.