McCotter: Ex-aides deliberately blew nomination

DETROIT (AP) — Ex-Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter has sued a former top aide and an ex-intern, saying they deliberately submitted forged nominating petitions in his name to keep him from seeking re-election.

McCotter lawyer David Ottenwess says he filed the suit Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court against Don Yowchuang (yau-CHEHNG') and Dillon Breen. Yowchuang was McCotter's deputy district director and Breen was a student intern working for the congressman.

Elections officials discovered bogus signatures on the Livonia Republican's petitions, keeping him off the 2012 primary ballot. McCotter quit Congress in July.

The Associated Press left email and voice messages for a lawyer for Yowchuang, who has no listed phone number. AP also left phone and Facebook messages for Breen. Yowchuang pleaded no-contest to forgery and is on probation.

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