WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's office confirmed Tuesday that the Livonia Republican is seriously considering running for president.

On Monday, McCotter told the Washington, D.C., publication POLITICO that he will make a decision in the next two weeks.

"I think the majority of the Republican electorate isn't happy with the choices they've got and want to take a look at new people," McCotter told POLITICO's Jonathan Martin. The congressman declined to talk to the Free Press about it further.

A week ago, the Free Press reported that McCotter, a staunch conservative in his fifth two-year term and known for his dry, sardonic wit and guitar playing, had ruled out a bid for the Senate but wouldn't deny the possibility he might run for president.

McCotter is a free-market thinker who quotes conservative icons as easily as he can recite Led Zeppelin lyrics, but he would have a steep climb to national name recognition.

If he wins, it is fairly likely I will be in Washington and in the news on a daily basis.