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  • Thaddeus George "Thad" McCotter is an American politician, radio host, and a member of the Republican Party who was the U.S. Representative from Michigan's 11th congressional district from 2003 to 2012. The district at the time consisted of portions of Detroit's northwestern suburbs, such as Livonia, Westland and Novi. From July 2 to September 21, 2011, he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 election. After ending his presidential campaign, McCotter decided to run again for his seat in Congress, but he failed to qualify for the 2012 Republican primary in his congressional district after massive fraud by his staff resulted in the rejection of approximately 85% of his petition signatures as invalid. The fallout from the ensuing scandal prompted McCotter to resign from Congress in July 2012. Subsequent investigations revealed that fraud with his prior petition signatures meant that he had failed to qualify for office since 2006.

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