Ex-lawmaker accuses aides of sabotage

Former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) is suing a former aide and intern who served on his House reelection campaign, claiming they deliberately submitted forged nominating petitions in an attempt to sabotage his campaign.
 
McCotter is suing Don Yowchuang, his former deputy district director, and Dillon Breen, a 20-year-old former intern, claiming they submitted forgeries in a knowing attempt to keep McCotter off the ballot, according to the Associated Press.

David Ottenwess, a lawyer for the former congressmen, told the AP the defendants “purposefully submitted forged petitions in order to keep McCotter off the ballot.” He vowed to “get to the bottom of what really happened to sabotage ... McCotter.”
 

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In 2012, after a long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, McCotter failed to secure the 1,000 signatures needed to appear on the Michigan ballot. His reelection campaign submitted 2,000 signatures, but Michigan state election officials said only a few hundred were valid.
 
Yowchuang has pleaded no-contest to forgery charges and received probation. Breen was not charged with any criminal wrongdoing.
 
McCotter mulled a write-in campaign after the signatures were thrown out, but instead opted to resign from Congress.
 
"The recent event's totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family," he wrote in his resignation letter. "Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, for the sake of my loved ones I must 'strike another match, go start anew' by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen."