GOP shocked over congressman's petition woes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Detroit-area teacher who decided to challenge a Michigan congressman suddenly has a good chance of winning the Republican primary after incumbent Thaddeus McCotter ran into problems with his petition signatures.

Kerry Bentivolio (Bent-a-VOLE'-ee-oh) lives in Milford in
Oakland County. He's a war veteran, teacher and beekeeper. And he
says he's fed up with the debt of the federal government.

McCotter's campaign is in trouble after the secretary of state's
office said his petitions apparently don't have 1,000 valid
signatures for the August ballot, although a final decision hasn't
been made. The Livonia Republican is investigating. GOP officials
are stunned about the blunder.

Bentivolio says his phone is ringing with calls of support. He
jokes that his name recognition will improve when people learn to
pronounce it.

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