By Jonathan Easley - 07/06/12 09:34 PM EDT
GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) resigned on Friday, citing the effects a “nightmarish” month and half has had on his family.
In a bizarre, rambling and error-riddled statement, the five-term Michigan Republican said recent events have "severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family."
"The recent event's totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family," he added. "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."
The lyrical reference was to Bob Dylan's 1965 classic "It's All Over Now Baby Blue."
The resignation ends an increasing strange series of events surrounding McCotter, beginning last fall when he launched a long-shot – many said hopeless – bid at the GOP presidential nomination.
His decision to resign comes after news earlier this month that the five-term lawmaker would not wage a write-in campaign for reelection after failing to collect enough signatures to appear on the ballot.
McCotter had suggested that his campaign's failure to secure 1,000 valid signatures to be on the ballot had been the work of political sabotage. Of the 2,000 signatures submitted, reports said only a few hundred were deemed valid by Michigan state election officials.
“I do not leave for an existing job and face diminishing prospects (and am both unwilling and ill-suited to lobby), my priorities are twofold: find gainful employment to help provide for my family; and continue to assist, in any way they see fit, the Michigan Attorney General's earnest and thorough investigation, which I requested, into the 2012 petition filing,” his statement said.
This story was updated at 5:57 p.m.