Report: Retiring Rep. McCotter wrote TV comedy pilot

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Last September, the Detroit-area congressman dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after a campaign plagued by low poll numbers and little attention from voters and the media.

This spring, after most of his ballot petition signatures were rejected, he became the first incumbent House member since the 1940s to fail in an attempt to appear in his party’s primary. Though he first planned to run a long-shot write-in campaign, the lawmaker ultimately decided to make his fifth term in Congress his last.

During this October period, according to the newspaper, the congressman was at work on the script for a TV comedy.

According to the paper, the pilot script, completed just weeks after his White House bid ended, cast District Director Paul Seewald and Deputy Director Don Yowchuang as characters who engage in drinking, puking and “cougar hunting,” among other activities.

Both men bear some of the responsibility for the rejected ballot signatures — 87 percent of the total collected — that ended McCotter’s reelection chances a few months later.

The congressman called the show a “set piece ... deliberately designed to be a train wreck” and not intended for a wider audience, according to the report. He added that the writing was done during his own free time, not at the taxpayers' expense.

Conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, who was — unbeknownst to him — cast in the pilot, told the News that he saw the script as merely an artistic release after a rough run for the GOP nomination. The raunchy comedy notwithstanding, McCotter, Bannon believes, was a serious presidential candidate and member of Congress.

Though “Bumper Sticker” was apparently not a project intended for production, McCotter has made earnest attempts at breaking into media, according to the report. In 2010, he founded Screaming Lemur Productions in order to join the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, allowing him to register a piece he co-wrote for the late conservative media icon Andrew Breitbart. He has also worked as a commentator online and in print, authored a book last year and once pitched a movie starring his brother as a Senate candidate.

Anticipating a retirement in 2014 even before he failed to get on the ballot, he told the News, he has spent the past several months networking with conservatives in Hollywood, laying the groundwork for a potential career switch when his time in Congress comes to an end in January.

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