[Daily article] March 22: Thaddeus McCotter presidential campaign, 2012

The Thaddeus McCotter presidential campaign of 2012 began when he filed
papers on July 1, 2011, to run for the Republican Party’s 2012
nomination for President of the United States. He officially announced
his candidacy the next day at a rock festival near Detroit. McCotter,
who had been a congressman from Michigan since 2003, was first mentioned
as a potential presidential candidate on an April 2011 episode of the
Fox News show Red Eye. During the campaign, he focused on reform of
government and Wall Street. Commentators noted that McCotter’s lack of
name recognition hindered his chances for nomination. When included in
Republican presidential preference polls, he regularly received less
than one percent support. Following a last place finish in the Ames
Straw Poll and the lack of any invitation to presidential debates, he
dropped his candidacy on September 22, 2011, and endorsed Mitt Romney.
He resigned from Congress in July 2012 amid a fraud investigation
surrounding his congressional re-election campaign.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Because of his father’s advanced age, Gordian II was proclaimed
joint Roman emperor with Gordian I.


The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Stamp Act, requiring
that many printed materials in the Thirteen Colonies in British America
carry a tax stamp.


World War II: Almost the entire population of the village of
Khatyn in Belarus was massacred by Nazi forces, with participation from
their Ukrainian and Belarusian collaborators.


Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov of the Soyuz programme
returned from the Mir space station after 437 days in space, setting a
record for the longest spaceflight.


Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a Palestinian imam who was a founder and
the spiritual leader of Hamas, was killed by a missile from an Israeli
helicopter gunship as he left early morning prayers.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

long drink of water:
(Scotland, US, slang) A tall person.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Most Americans, in their sweet innocence, think that class has to
do with money. But a glance at Donald Trump and Leona Helmsley will
indicate that it has very little to do with money. It has to do with
taste and style, and it has to do with the development of those features
by acts of character.  
–Paul Fussell

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