Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
), R-MI 11
, is a very conservative politician
and a colorful character, to say the least.
First elected in 2003, Rep. McCotter is also an amateur musician, playing in the "Second Amendments" (seen here at FarmAid
), a cover band whose members come from congressmen from both sides of the aisle. McCotter's guitar playing inspired a previous commander-in-chief to refer to him as "that rock and roll dude, Thaddeus McCotter
A frequent and acerbic guest
on the Fox News late night talk show show, Red Eye w/Gred Gutfield
, McCotter was also an author, publishing Seize Freedom! American Truths and Renewal in a Chaotic Age
in 2011, with the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
That same year McCotter announced, somewhat quixotically
, his intention to run for the GOP's presidential nomination in 2012
. After poor polling, he dropped out in September 2011.
While he briefly considered running for Senate, McCotter decided to run for re-election for his seat in the House. However, massive signature fraud
meant that he, a sitting congressman, did not make it on to his own party's primary ballot. After toying with the idea of running a write-in campaign, he decided not to run for reelection
After this set of embarrassing faux pas, it was revealed earlier this month that in October 2011, after his failed presidential bid, McCotter wrote a "pilot" for a mock talk show
, Bumper Sticker: Made on Motown
]. (See also here
.) Some highlights:
Some congressional staffers included in his 42-minute pilot episode dated Oct. 17, 2011, were the same longtime employees who handled the collection of petition signatures that botched his chances of getting on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. The character named "Wardo," the nickname others acknowledge is used for District Director Paul Seewald, dresses in a matador costume, gets drunk on a whisky-laced Slurpee and runs off stage after puking.
"Chowsers," the nickname for Deputy District Director Don Yowchuang, leers at women's body parts and snaps cell phone pictures of them, goes "cougar hunting" and repeats the line "I'm Thai."
In "Bumper Sticker," conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is cast as guest on the pilot. Cupp, a regular guest on cable political shows, also has appeared on "Red Eye" and co-hosts MSNBC's "The Cycle."
McCotter tries to ask serious questions of the columnist, while his sidekicks chime in by asking how she "keeps that great stripper bod?" and whether "D-Cupp" is dating anyone. In the script, Cupp is disgusted by the "train wreck" of the show.
It's unclear whether Cupp knew of her role in the pilot. Reached by e-mail, she didn't want to talk about McCotter.
Asked who would find the humor in the script funny, McCotter said he wasn't trying to reach a broader audience. He said the show was "deliberately designed to be a train wreck" to further assault the dignity of the central character — McCotter the host, who is already humiliated from the presidential run.
"The very fact that people wouldn't find that funny and the suffering of the protagonist of having to be involved in it was what was funny," McCotter said.
In a statement which quotes Bob Dylan
, McCotter referred to the recent "totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits
" as the reason why he was going to "embrac[e] the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen
," and resigned his congressional seat on July 6, 2012.