LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) -- Livonia Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter says he isn't planning to seek the nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012.
McCotter joins former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land who say they also won't seek the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
McCotter tells The Detroit News he "did not want to be a distraction" for what he says are the "stellar candidates now stepping forward" to seek the GOP nomination.
The congressman didn't name those candidates. The Associated Press left phone messages Sunday at McCotter's Washington and Livonia offices seeking comment.
McCotter told the Detroit Free Press his decision was largely a matter of timing because he didn't want his indecision to discourage others from entering the race.