Another Member of the House to attempt to do what no sitting member has done since 1880 – win the Presidency of the United States? It looks like Representative Thad McCotter has his sights on doing just that. The Michigan Republican is reportedly set to make the news of his candidacy official July 2 bringing the tally of Congressman in the field to three (Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul).
McCotter will make his bid official in his home state of Michigan, according to a knowledgeable source in the campaign who declined to be identified.
His representative was eventually forced to reveal her client after the other campaigns, who thought the anonymous bidder was for an undeclared candidate such as ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin or Texas governor Rick Perry.
McCotter reportedly paid $18,000 for the prime location that ex-Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee occupied during the 2007 Ames Straw Poll.
Huckabee’s showing in the straw poll helped boost his profile in the state. He later won the 2008 Iowa Caucuses.
“I’m totally a fan of this guy: a wonkish chap who serves up a pure stream of liberty-oriented thinking with dry, understated humor.”
“Maybe McCotter’s thinking that Carl Levin, who’ll be 80 in 2014, will decide not to run for reelection, and that a presidential run now will help introduce him to Michigan voters statewide ahead of that?”
As to my thoughts on this news…
I can honestly say I’ve never written a thing here about Rep. McCotter. He’s a likable guy if you like politicians with a dry sense of humor and an honest sense of self. I don’t know that he’s “presidential material”, but I’m not sure that I even begin to know that that terms means anymore. So, what the heck? Thad McCotter for President. Well, maybe not just yet. Let me do some more homework on the guy and we’ll get back to that.
NATIONAL JOURNAL has Eight Things You Should Know about Thaddeus McCotter