The dust is still settling after Thaddeus McCotter's sudden resignation from Congress, but it appears the race for the 11th District seat will be no less bizarre in his absence. With a GOP candidate who acted in an apparent 9/11 "truther" film and a Democrat who wants to impeach President Obama, the race features a pair of candidates who have strayed far from the mainstream views of their parties.
On the Republican side, Kerry Bentivolio, the only GOP candidate on the ballot, has come under fire for his acting role in the 2011 film "The President Goes to Heaven." According to the Detroit Free Press, the satire mocks a George W. Bush-like character who ordered a terrorist attack on New York. The First Lady in the film supports the killing of a Muslim cleric and kills a person she thinks is her husband. Bentivolio's character, a physician, says he would help the president die peacefully but for the punishment given to "Dr. Jack" for doing the same thing.
The campaign of write-in GOP challenger Nancy Cassis called the film "disgraceful," but Bentivolio's campaign said it is a "distraction from the real issues."
As far as the Democrats go, Bill Roberts says he says he wants to impeach Obama, and his website features a picture of the president with a Hitler mustache.
Dr. Syed Taj has earned the endorsements of several local Democratic leaders and organizations -- including Sen. Debbie Stabenow -- as well as the Free Press's nod for the primary. Cassis also has the paper's primary endorsement and the backing of many local GOP officials who helped launch her into the race when McCotter dropped out.