Conyers may have to retire from Congress after 50 years due to lack of petition signatures

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U.S. Rep. John Conyers (Detroit Free Press)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to Newsmax, U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), who came to office in 1964 and is one of the founders of the Black Congressional Caucus, may have to give up his seat because he failed to collect enough valid petition signatures to get on the Democratic primary ballot:

The (Detroit) News reported that Conyers came up short by more than 400 valid signatures. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett is expected to officially rule that Conyers is disqualified in a report to be issued Tuesday.

While many people moan about the lengths of political campaigns, others argue that it’s informative for voters to see how candidates handle themselves under the campaign spotlight for an extended period of time. In this case, voters are getting a snapshot of Conyers before his campaign even got out of the gate. If, after all these years in Congress, he can’t make sure he collects the 1,000 valid signatures he needs to get on the ballot for re-election, perhaps it’s a good sign that it’s time for retirement. His would-be primary opponent, the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, said in a recent radio interview that “people other than the congressman actually make decisions for the interests of our district” and that Conyers “is not all there.” He may just be right.

Authored by Steve Gunn