Anyone who serves just the two-month term won't qualify for health care coverage or a congressional pension. But that person would make good money — $29,000, one-sixth of the annual $174,000 salary — and get free parking in preferred lots at Washington National and Dulles International airports.
Other perks of being the ersatz McCotter include free parking at the Capitol and access to the House cloak room forever.
Michigan had hoped to get by without a special election to replace him, but the chance at well-compensated power, however temporary, attracted a wide field of contenders. The vote will cost taxpayers an estimated $650,000. Note that in one town, the expense is almost the same as the salary. Hometown Life reports that Garden City says it'll need to spend $22,000 finding a new McCotter. "We don't have the money," Councilwoman Joanne Dodge tells the paper.