McCotter’s Replacement Could Be Even Nuttier


Remember all that hullaballoo about Thad McCotter failing to turn in enough valid petition signatures to be on the ballot for his own reelection? That happened so late that the only other Republican on the ballot was Kerry Bentivolio, who was challenging McCotter — and he’s even crazier than McCotter is. His own brother says he’s nuts:

Congressional candidate Kerry BENTIVOLIO said he asked the FBI to look into his “mentally ill” Arkansas brother after the brother vowed to go to the press with his claims that Kerry owed him $20,000 from a housing deal-gone-bad in 1992.

But Phillip BENTIVOLIO said the FBI never contacted him and that his older brother is the “mentally unbalanced” — one who “believes his own lies.” He said he fears his sibling would end up in prison if elected to Congress.

“I’ve never met anyone in my life who is conniving and dishonest as this guy,” Phillip Bentivolio said. “He’s my brother so it’s hard to talk about this, but I believe that if he gets elected, he’ll eventually serve time in prison.”

The FBI field offices in Detroit and Arkansas declined to confirm or deny whether they were looking into the matter.

The guy is a former teacher who resigned from his last school in 2011 after being reprimanded by the administration for threatening his students. And he’s a Santa Claus impersonator. Who raises reindeer on his farm. And he’s ahead by 8 points in the only poll taken of that district. Look out Michele Bachmann, you may need to make room on the crazy train.

Comments

  1. slc1 says

    Mr. Brayton should consider all the new juicy blogging material that would arise from a BENTIVOLIO victory.

  2. Michael Heath says

    Sastra writes:

    A Santa Claus impersonator? How do you know this guy isn’t really Santa Claus?

    Believe.

    Because after all, faith is a virtue.

  3. says

    Oh, well … I don’t know what’s worse … people who think they are Santa Claus running the country … or people who think Santa Claus is a commie pinko running the country …

  4. carlsonjok says

    Well, I will certainly grant that raising reindeer is out of the ordinary, it hardly seems to rise to the level of proof of someone’s mental health.

  5. dan4 says

    Plenty of men are “Santa impersonators” around Christmas time, usually hired by department stores and such. I think it’s cute and funny, and not a reason to question a person’s mental health.

  6. edmundog says

    Yes, I’m a bit confused, is there some sort of difference between the usual seasonal Santa-type and a “Santa Impersonator”?

  7. Reginald Selkirk says

    “… but I believe that if he gets elected, he’ll eventually serve time in prison.”

    If he’s that slimy, he’s probably already done enough that he should be serving time in prison. The only factor that a congressional term would add is to raise his profile, so that his wrongdoings would get more attention.

  8. dan4 says

    What’s with the capitalization of the last name “Bentivolio?” It doesn’t seem to be unintentional (i.e., a typo), since it’s done twice.

  9. Ichthyic says

    The only factor that a congressional term would add is to raise his profile, so that his wrongdoings would get more attention.

    I do believe that was his brother’s point.

  10. says

    dan4 “What’s with the capitalization of the last name ‘Bentivolio?’ It doesn’t seem to be unintentional (i.e., a typo), since it’s done twice.”
    That means you yell it. Obviously.

  11. brianw says

    Hopefully there is a consituation means to remove him from office if Bentivolio’s mental illness can be clinically verified.

  12. TGAP Dad says

    We need a nuttiness scale for these people. Due to the sheer level of nuttiness, I think it needs to be logarithmic, like the Richter scale. We’ll suppose Louis Gohmert is a 2, Michele Bachmann a 7.0, Alan West an 8.7. What do you think?

  13. abb3w says

    @15, brianw:

    Hopefully there is a consituation means to remove him from office if Bentivolio’s mental illness can be clinically verified.

    The House can judge the “qualifications” of its own members, per Article I Section 5, and expel for sufficient bad behavior on a two-thirds vote. They can choose to boot someone for insanity just as easily as for corruption… and thus, the tricky part is going to be finding a two-thirds majority of the House willing to admit the dude is a bad sort of crazy.

  14. kermit. says

    dan4 Plenty of men are “Santa impersonators” around Christmas time, usually hired by department stores and such. I think it’s cute and funny, and not a reason to question a person’s mental health.

    How about one who tells his students this?
    “On the first day of school last year, Kerry Bentivolio told students in his English class at Fowlerville High School that he had one goal: to make each one of them cry at least once.”

    From
    http://tinyurl.com/d4g9qpc

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