Note: Most of this diary is a repost from a couple of weeks ago, because it's directly related to the title.
OK, this is just weird with a beard.
You may recall that the final chapter of Thaddeus McCotter's epic Congressional meltdown involved him resigning on the spot the day after a story ran in the Detroit News about his bizarro attempt at writing/producing a TV show about him and his own staff farting and vomiting.
TV pilot an outlet for Rep. McCotter
As U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter's short-lived presidential run fizzled last year, the Livonia Republican turned to another aspiration: writing a TV show.
"Bumper Sticker: Made On Motown" starred McCotter hosting a crude variety show cast with characters bearing the nicknames of his congressional staffers, his brother and a drunk, perverted "Black Santa." They take pot shots about McCotter's ill-fated bid for the White House while spewing banter about drinking, sex, race, flatulence, puking and women's anatomy. It features a cartoon intro and closing snippet with an Oldsmobile careening through Detroit and knocking over the city's landmarks. The double-finned car has a Michigan license plate reading: "Made on MoTown."
Well, the end result of the whole, weird trainwreck is that the only Republican whose name is going to appear on the ballot for the primary next week will be that of Tea Party candidate Kerry Bentivolio, a teacher and reindeer rancher (yes, I'm serious) who has the local GOP establishment freaked out to the point that they're scrambling to get former state Senator Nancy Cassis to attempt a write-in campaign for the primary.
However, it appears that when it comes to surreal, creepy narrative film productions, while McCotter may talk the talk, Bentivolio actually walks the walk. Witness this recent story in the Detroit Free Press about a low-budget feature-length film that Bentivolio actually starred in:
GOP hopeful Kerry Bentivolio makes fun of Bush-like character in movieIt just gets weirder from there:
Bentivolio, a Milford teacher, had a prominent role in a low-budget Michigan-made film -- "The President Goes to Heaven" -- released last year that pokes fun at a fictional character based on Republican former President George W. Bush.
In the 85-minute satire, Bentivolio is the chief physician at a place called the North Oakland Medical Center, where the fictional president has had a stroke and lies in a coma but is able to hear and understand those around him.
The film is an indictment of the president after a terrorist attack in which planes fly into two buildings in New York on 1-11.
The nurses berate the comatose president for ordering the planes to be flown into the towers, killing their loved ones. A conspiracy theorist on a TV screen details the urban myths about "our allies" being responsible for the attack.
The movie's first lady is more concerned with getting the secret codes for a $100-billion Swiss bank account set up for the president by big oil companies and the defense industry. She also tacitly endorses the idea of the Secret Service shooting a Muslim cleric and covering it up and stabs to death a different comatose man in the hospital, thinking it is her husband.Um....WTF?????
OK, so I (along with many others in the Southeast Michigan area, I would imagine) looked up the movie and found the following:
IMDB: The President Goes to HeavenAnd finally, the trailer for the film:
"This is the story of the President who was more powerful than God. He ruled the world with an iron fist. But getting into heaven is not easy even for him. All the laws he made for others to follow turns to his detriment. Everything that was done to ruin him turns out to be his salvation. What the President has to do to get into heaven?"
Anyway, that leads to the title of this diary, in which we learn that Cassis, the GOP write-in candidate, has publicly announced that she refuses to support Bentivolio if he wins the primary. I know there's been plenty of bitter primaries in which one candidate refuses to answer whether or not they'll support their rival, but I can't remember one where they've flat-out stated that they won't do so:
Michigan: Nancy Cassis Will Not Support Kerry Bentivolio if He Is NomineeAll I can say is...
NOVI, Mich. — Former state Sen. Nancy Cassis will not support her primary opponent if he wins the 11th district Republican nomination next week.
“Not after what I’ve seen,” she told Roll Call over a late breakfast at Big Boy restaurant last week. “I couldn’t in good conscience.”
Cassis is running a write-in campaign to defeat Kerry Bentivolio, an Iraq veteran and reindeer rancher who is the only Republican on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. They are running in the 11th district in the suburbs and exurbs west of Detroit.