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April 20, 2014

Thaddeus McCotter’s Many Ways

Thaddeus McCotter’s Many Ways

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s not just Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s lanky looks, rock ’n’ roll soul and fancy-pants job that did us in.

The smokin’ Michigan Republican first made us swoon when we were treated to his dehydrated wit and biparty rock band, the Second Amendments. But three recent McCotter events made us realize it wasn’t a passing thing.

For one, he introduced us to a “Swamp Shark” actor singing Sinatra.

Via Twitter, McCotter waxed on the 2011 film “Swamp Shark,” which features all sorts of B-movie awesomeness such as Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer; D.B. Sweeney, the bad boy in the ice-skating opus “The Cutting Edge”; and Robert Davi, a one-time Bond villain who plays Sheriff Watson in the swamp flick. That alone would have been enough for us, but McCotter went the extra mile when he tweeted “Swamp Shark Sheriff Sings!”

With that we learned that Davi has a jazz album out. And life was good.

For two, McCotter’s a real tee-vee star.

HOH’s regular readers will also remember McCotter’s Web series, “ROCK SOLID with Thaddeus McCotter.” Recently, however, he hit the big time when he started doing a monthly series on News Channel 8 talking about Hill stuff.

In his most recent segment, McCotter took anchor Katherine Amenta on a ghost tour of the Capitol, talked about demon cats and mocked Amenta incessantly.

When Amenta asked whether he would spend the night to track down the Capitol’s ghosts, he said only if he could smoke and booze all night.

But what really sealed the deal? He wrote a blog post saying his own book “sucked.”

McCotter wrote a post for Breitbart.com on Friday harshly panning his book, “Seize Freedom!: American Truths and Renewal in a Chaotic Age.”

“[I]n the spirit of learning from our mistakes, especially a HUGE mistake like writing Seize Freedom,” he writes. “The question to be asked is not why my or any other overly verbose bum’s book sucked; the question to be asked is what to do when your book sucks.”

His advice: “Bitch,” “Blame,” “Burn” and “Crossover.”

For this and many other reasons, we say, Thad, we love you.

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