Michigan: NRCC Meets Both Hopefuls for Thaddeus McCotter’s Seat

Posted June 21, 2012 at 12:01am

So, this is kind of awkward: Both GOP candidates running for Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) seat are in town to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Except one of them is on the primary ballot, and one of them isn’t.

After McCotter botched his petition to get on the GOP ballot and subsequently retired, local Republicans were forced to make a quick choice. They could back the only Republican on the 11th district ballot, little-known reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio, or try to support a better-known write-in candidate for the seat.

Local Republican officials opted to back former state Sen. Nancy Cassis (R)as a write-in candidate for the Aug. 7 primary ballot. Sources say Cassis offered to put $200,000 of her own money into the race.

Thus far, the House GOP’s campaign arm has taken a wait-and-see approach to the unusual situation. But now the NRCC is meeting with both candidates, a GOP aide confirmed.

The 11th district leans Republican but could be in play — especially if Republicans nominate a neophyte to run. Local Democrats endorsed internist Syed Taj, but he also faces a primary.