Report: Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter To Run For President


Apparently, another hat is about to get thrown into the ring:

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. will launch his presidential campaign on July 2, making him the third sitting member of the House to run for the White House in 2012.

McCotter will make his bid official in his home state of Michigan, according to a knowledgable source in the campaign who declined to be identified.

The five-term congressman has made stops in several of the early primary states and participated in the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans earlier this month. He joined the Iowa Tea Party bus tour this week during a stop in Ottumwa, Iowa.

During the stop, he told the Des Moines Register that he thought there was room for more conservative candidates like him in the race.

McCotter caused a stir at the Ames Straw Poll campaign space auction last week when he attempted to anonymously secure a key place for the August event, according to The Iowa Republican.

McCotter is an interesting guy, but I can’t see him becoming a contender. We shall see, I suppose.

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  1. Franklin says:

    He’s almost a hometown boy to me, but not quite in my district. And yet I’d never heard of him until he announced he was thinking about running back in May. Apparently he has some money, so he might as well spend some of it to get name recognition.

  2. I am utterly underwhelmed by the prospect, I must confess.

  3. Tano says:

    I think the main effect will be to give Romney some agita in Michigan, given that McCotter seems to be one of the few Republicans who have enough of a functioning brain as to have been supportive of the bailout of GM and Chrysler – an issue that he will not be shy about raising as he competes for favorite son status with Romney.

  4. Thomas says:

    Hahahaha, Thaddeus McCotter a conservative? Ha! Let’s check out his record:

    – Supported the Iraq War, the mission in Libya, and unlimited war
    – Opposes free trade agreements
    – Supported the Automaker bailouts
    – Supported tax credits for pet owners to get pet insurance (yep, he is that stupid!)

    Enough of these RINOs! He is a liberal hack!!!

  5. Richard Gardner says:

    Zero name recognition from me. But I would have said the same for Gov Bill Clinton at this point.

  6. McCotter is one district over from me and I’ve met him personally several times. He is great- solid on principles, good experience, and when he gets going on stuff- watch out, he can flip the switch and explode. On the other hand, he’s got no chance at being President- no name recognition and not high profile enough. McCotter is like a great cult movie- you love it, but it didn’t do well in the theaters.