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Waste Watch: McCotter's Resignation

Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 |
Waste Watch: McCotter
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A number of ugly words are being used to describe the petition scandal apparently caused by a lack of oversight in the office of former Congressman Thad McCotter.

Allegedly he not only failed to watch over his own workers, the I-Team found that there's no doubt he wasn't watching over taxpayer dollars in the end either.

Around Summer of 2011, McCotter was announcing a Presidential run, which quickly faded.

McCotter allegedly knew in May that he didn't have enough signatures to run for another term in Congress, but chose not to resign until July.

When he did so, Governor Rick Snyder was forced to schedule a special election in September to replace him, which will cost taxpayers $650,000.

"$650,000 could have gone to much better use for many other things," Snyder said.

It turns out that whomever wins McCotter's seat in the special election will serve for seven weeks.

Congressman Fred Upton said it's a good chance the short-term new member of Congress won't even have an office, and may make all of a dozen votes.

Had McCotter resigned in May when he knew he was politically finished, taxpayers would have been off the hook for a special primary election.

Because of the timing, however, the primary couldn't happen in August, and no one could find a way around the laws.

Now, most agree that the man who thought he could make his way to the national stage is likely forever done in politics.

"If you're going to quit, do it so it doesn't zap the taxpayers for money they don't have," Upton said.

It's possible voters could see one person serving the seven week term in November and December, and another person serving the two year term starting in January.

That's three people in one position in a matter of seven months--at an unnecessary cost to taxpayers.
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