Thad, we hardly knew ye! Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R- MI) has ended his quixotic bid for the White House, throwing his support behind Mitt Romney instead.
According to The Detroit News, McCotter informed the paper of his decision on Thursday afternoon. His campaign never had much momentum, failing to garner much press, money, or grassroots buzz either on a state or national level. McCotter was not invited to the last several Republican debates, including one preceding the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, an event he participated in. He ended up coming in dead last, with 35 votes, or 0.21% of the total.
McCotter may have his own issues at home to tend to: The Detroit News reports that he faces a challenge for the Republican nomination from State Senator Mike Kowall, who is expected to announce his candidacy soon.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.