Michigan's 11th Congressional District is up for grabs after Thaddeus McCotter's exit

Thaddeus McCotter decides not to run as write-in, clears way for many running for GOP spot

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter

LIVONIA, Mich. - U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's meltdown over failing to get the required amount of signatures to make the ballot and then his decision not to run as a write-in candidate has a lot of people talking about running for the Republican spot on the ballot as a write-in.

McCotter ended his short-lived write-in campaign for the 11th Congressional District after he said state officials told him his campaign submitted insufficient signatures.

"It's literally the craziest thing I've ever heard," said veteran political strategist Joe DiSano. "Never seen a candidate commit political suicide quite like this."

The Attorney General is investigating whether fraud was involved in the signature gathering process.

"I think it's a foregone conclusion that someone is going to get charged criminally here," DiSano said. "This is a great opportunity for the Attorney General to show he can go after Republicans and not just Democrats."

In the next 24 to 48 hours Local 4 has confirmed there will be numerous closed-door meetings with GOP decision-makers. Political strategists say the concern for the GOP is too many write-in candidates.

"By having more than one write-in campaign it dilutes the pool and will render a write-in campaign virtually unwinnable," said political strategist Lynn Aronoff.

There already will be a Republican on the ballot. Kerry Bentivolio, a Republican of Milford, had filed to run against McCotter. The relatively unknown candidate now has the best shot of being the GOP nominee despite a hoard of potential write-in candidates.

"I think we easily see a couple of people running as independents, as well," said Aronoff.

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