Rep. John Conyers gets worst newspaper endorsement ever?

posted at 2:41 pm on July 16, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

The Detroit Free Press must have figured, since newspaper endorsements don’t matter much these days, they might as well make them fun to read. And, this one’s a doozy.

A quick electoral scene-setting: The 82-year-old Conyers is running in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, and faces an Aug. 7 primary against three other Democrats after running unopposed in 2010. He currently represents the 14th District, but the redistricting map signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder formed a less hospitable (though still majority-minority) 14th, and Conyers and freshman Rep. Hansen Clarke agreed to switch districts to better both their shots at retention. The new map faced complaints from civil-rights groups, but was approved by the Department of Justice. Detroit’s population loss since the last census led to new districts that encompass parts of Detroit plus its outlying suburbs.

The Free Press endorses Conyers so grudgingly as to demand more adverbial flourish than my vocabulary offers:

[H]is energy has slowed and he is not delivering for his district the way he used to, or the way he should be.

Then there is the matter of his wife, Monica, who’s serving a federal prison sentence for shaking down vendors when she was a member of the Detroit City Council; implausibly, the congressman swears he knew nothing of the conspiracy she pled guilty to taking part in.

But elections are about finite choices, and while all of Conyers’ Democratic opponents are competent, none offers sufficient support for turning out a congressman of his seniority and influence.

JOHN CONYERS gets our endorsement, but it is mostly with the hope that he will soon retire from Congress and the district will produce a more viable alternative…

This may be the last time this newspaper can back him, but for now, Conyers is the best alternative.

The press has generally treated the redistricting Conyers faces with a slightly sad, wistful tone, as if it’s an affront to his years of service to require him to actually engage in the political process. It is not. As a 24-term incumbent, he has plenty of advantages and should be plenty good at running for office by now. I doubt I’d be interested in any of his challengers, either, but they have every right to offer the Detroit area a change of leadership.

From the Free Press endorsement, his challenger state representative Shannelle Jackson sounds pretty reasonable:

State Rep. Shanelle Jackson is also a strong contender, an up-and-coming Detroit legislator who appears to have learned much in her short time in Lansing. Jackson also has respectable legislative victories, and, just as important, she’s doing her homework on policy issues.

Despite her strong ties to union backing, she says promised public benefits and retirement packages are likely unsustainable. She is also open to tweaks on the benefit sides of Medicare and Social Security that could save big money but won’t impact recipients too dramatically.

And, since so much of Conyers’ pitch relies on delivering for his district (certainly not constitutional scholarship), here’s a reminder of what that district looks like these days. This sad, arresting video was shot by a filmmaker flying a tiny drone over the city:


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Conyers, another corrupt Democrat being sponsored by failing MSM.

Webrider on July 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Detroit: Our economy is based on Hardcore Pawn

lorien1973 on July 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

[H]is energy has slowed and he is not delivering for his district the way he used to, or the way he should be.

If you ask me, there’s a pretty good summary of how we got where we are. The “bring home the bacon” style of legislating.

Lost in Jersey on July 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

What a joke: The paper won’t endorse a competent rival, because they dont want to lose the seniority that Conyers has gained, yet they want him to retire?

Just a bunch of liberal doublespeak…

joepub on July 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The Free Press is a super liberal newspaper. That same endorsement sheet backed Nancy Cassis’s write-in campaign rather than the Tea Party candidate, who’s backed by notable conservatives, Kerry Bentivolio for the 11th District, replacing Thad McCotter.

cpaulus on July 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

They found voters in Detroit? I thought they all went back to Mexico.

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Detroit or Damascus? Hard to tell which is a worse war zone these days.

rbj on July 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

That city needs to elect more democrats.

tommer74 on July 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

“Then there is the matter of his wife, Monica, who’s serving a federal prison sentence for shaking down vendors when she was a member of the Detroit City Council…”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on July 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yeah, my Democrat relatives who live in the suburbs of Detroit make the argument about Conyers being good for Detroit because he delivers. And I always tell them to look at Detroit and tell me what they think anyone is delivering.

MayBee on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Gee, it’s like an endorsement from Hanover Fist.

apostic on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Waht happened to all that Obama money , which Obama gave away from his stash ? Wasn’t it supposed to do wonders ?

burrata on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Do endorsements matter when John Con-Yes is involved? Failing to reelect him would be a blatant violation of the Civil Rights Act. Indicting him for numerous crimes he no doubt perpetrated during his term would be an act of bigotry and racial intolerance. We can as well mummify his body postmortem, connect it to the rope, and let Pelosi or whoever else will be in charge of the Dem caucus to pull it when voting occurs.

Archivarix on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Tell me about it. I live in the Detroit metropolitan area. Conyers has been as useful as a piece of gum stuck to the bottom of my shoe. It’s long past time his constituents woke up and voted him out of office, influence or no. Dingell’s people can follow suit.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

here’s a reminder of what that district looks like these days. This sad, arresting video was shot by a filmmaker flying a tiny drone over the city:

I hate to hear that Detroit sounds like it’s turning into a ghost town. But that filmmaker is a really good drone pilot. He must play Battlefield. On the other hand, Life After People could do a whole season there and not have to digitally modify much.

rihar on July 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

If someone had asked me what I expect Detroit to look like, it would have been exactly like this video.

nobar on July 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The Free Press is a super liberal newspaper. That same endorsement sheet backed Nancy Cassis’s write-in campaign rather than the Tea Party candidate, who’s backed by notable conservatives, Kerry Bentivolio for the 11th District, replacing Thad McCotter.

cpaulus on July 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Not to worry. I’m voting for Bentivolio. I got the chance to speak to the representatives of both candidates at the AFP event on Saturday. Cassis hasn’t won me over with her endorsements from all the established movers and shakers in the area.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

IIRC he is not a fan of things that you read.

mad saint jack on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Oh, and my family won’t vote for her, either.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Gee, it’s like an endorsement from Hanover Fist.

apostic on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

My friends and I still use that last line as a reference joke.

rihar on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Da Lions

Slade73 on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

They should level what is left of that place and start over.

txag92 on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Almost makes me feel sad for my beautiful home state.
But, we’d spent enough years there to say:
SUCK IT, you STOOOPID LIB DUMMIES !!!
Will you NEVER learn ????

Thank you for Texas, Lord !!!

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

It’s hard for Conyers to get things done when he is sleeping most of the day. Quite frankly, if he gets elected I hope he stays asleep. Less damage that way. People of Detroit, WAKE UP, People of Detroit, people, people…where the heck did everyone go?

Deano1952 on July 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

They should level what is left of that place and start over.

txag92 on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Well, there’s great hope for a zombie theme park to “liven” up the city streets, so there’s that. ;D

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

And why was there redistricting in Michigan such that a seat was lost affecting Conyers, two were lost in Ohio, affecting Dennis Kucinich, and one was lost in Massachusetts, affecting Barney Frank? Why, because those seats were reapportioned to states like Utah, Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina. Now why is population shifting to those states?

I don’t have to tell you guys, of course. But we always need to remind ourselves that people show what’s working and what isn’t by which states gain population and which remain stagnant, or in the case of Michigan, actually lose residents.

radjah shelduck on July 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

But elections are about finite choices, and while all of Conyers’ Democratic opponents are competent, none offers sufficient support for turning out a congressman of his seniority and influence.

So they will go with the former chair of the House Judiciary Comjmittee who thought there was a “Good and Welfare” clause in the Constitution …. Yep. I must have missed that clause because it was explained in the same book that introduced the notion of “profit AND earnings ratios” right next to the part about traveling at “55 minutes AND hours” on the highway.

I still can’t REALLY believe we have these absolute retards – total brain-dad idiots – populating our federal government. I mean, I know it’s all true … but it still feels like just a bad, bad nightmare.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Not to worry. I’m voting for Bentivolio. I got the chance to speak to the representatives of both candidates at the AFP event on Saturday. Cassis hasn’t won me over with her endorsements from all the established movers and shakers in the area.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Glad to hear it, I got one of those Cassis mailers the other day, basically she’s race-baiting and misrepresenting his stance on immigration because she knows that she can just inundate voters with her PAC money while Kerry tries to raise funds from the people to fight back.

cpaulus on July 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM
Our sympathies, but kudos for doing whatever you can !!!

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

TRANSLATION OF ARTICLE: “He may be an old, senile crook. But he’s OUR old, senile crook!”

GarandFan on July 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Glad to hear it, I got one of those Cassis mailers the other day, basically she’s race-baiting and misrepresenting his stance on immigration because she knows that she can just inundate voters with her PAC money while Kerry tries to raise funds from the people to fight back.

cpaulus on July 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I detest her commercial. I confronted the Bentivolio people on the contents of Cassis’ television ad and they really need to get on the ball to hit her back. Hard. Told them that, too. They said her ad was all blatant lies. I can believe that, but I’m not your average schmo showing up to vote without having done my research, either. They really need to get on her for her sh*t kicking.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Our sympathies, but kudos for doing whatever you can !!!

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

:) Thanks. It’s a tough city, for sure.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

“Then there is the matter of his wife, Monica, who’s serving a federal prison sentence for shaking down vendors when she was a member of the Detroit City Council…”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on July 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

but wait, there’s more :

On November 23, staff members picked up 60 turkeys from a local food bank, ostensibly to deliver to those in need. However, the Director of the charity became suspicious when word reached him that a federal court worker was offered a turkey by a member of Conyers’ staff. Conyers has also failed to meet a December 27 deadline to provide an accounting of where the birds were delivered.

Additionally, an anonymous staff member told the Detroit Free Press that senior staff members gave contradictory accounts when asked what happened to the turkeys. The aide also expressed concerns in a memo to the FBI. Something smells foul in the Conyers’ office, and I don’t think it’s leftovers.

Conyers, of course, is no stranger to scandal. The Democrat was investigated last year by the Ethics Committee for improperly using staff members during office hours for political campaigning. DeWayne Boyd, a former aide fired in 2002, was convicted just last month on fraud charges resulting from a scam he ran out of the Representative’s office.

This is were the story gets interesting. The turkeys (meant to feed hungry poor people), were picked up from the food bank by current Deputy Thief of Staff Marion Brown, and former Aide turned felon, DeWayne Boyd. The very same Boyd fired in 2002 and convicted in December.

Now my question is this, what in the world is the Deputy Thief of Staff of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives doing running around on official business with a former staff member who was fired and convicted of fraud? What can we learn from this?

This whole episode is ignored, as well as the followup–an allegation by a Conyers staff member that:

DeWayne Boyd, a former top aide to Conyers, used Conyers’s congressional office to obtain a fake passport after being convicted of fraud, making false statements and government theft in 2004. Sentenced in 2005 to 30 to 46 months in prison, Boyd fled to Ghana before being recaptured and extradited to the United States.
The Washington Times version goes further, that according to the staff member Conyers ‘allowed’ Boyd to obtain the fake passport through his office. That article concludes, “Mr. Conyers had better have a good explanation for all this.”

Oh, you mean because Congressman Conyers is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee?

http://daledamos.blogspot.com/2007/01/talking-turkey-about-conyers.html

burrata on July 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

IRONY ALERT !!!!! (Coffee thru nasal passages …)

‘hoping to breathe NEW LIFE onto the deserted streets of Detroit’ ,
they plan to build a ZOMBIE PARK ?!?!?!

Typical Michigan irony !!
LOLOLOL.

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Not that anybody in his district reads pays attention to the paper. . ..

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Was the video brought to us by RoboCopIV?I’m sure I saw Clarence Boddiker in it.Speaking of what Conyers delivers,you can’t get a pizza delivered there because the drivers get robbed.

docflash on July 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

On November 23, staff members picked up 60 turkeys from a local food bank, ostensibly to deliver to those in need. However, the Director of the charity became suspicious when word reached him that a federal court worker was offered a turkey by a member of Conyers’ staff. Conyers has also failed to meet a December 27 deadline to provide an accounting of where the birds were delivered.
burrata on July 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

They should have dropped them from a helicopter.

rihar on July 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I detest her commercial. I confronted the Bentivolio people on the contents of Cassis’ television ad and they really need to get on the ball to hit her back. Hard. Told them that, too. They said her ad was all blatant lies. I can believe that, but I’m not your average schmo showing up to vote without having done my research, either. They really need to get on her for her sh*t kicking.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

No kidding. I did the same thing. I looked up her citation and its completely made up.

cpaulus on July 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

IRONY ALERT !!!!! (Coffee thru nasal passages …)

‘hoping to breathe NEW LIFE onto the deserted streets of Detroit’ ,
they plan to build a ZOMBIE PARK ?!?!?!

Typical Michigan irony !!
LOLOLOL.

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Yep. I hear they have one already, in Atlanta. It’s to laugh. To keep from weeping in anguish, that is.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

BTW, this is the same dimwitted moron who said that he needed 2 days and 2 lawyers to read the ObamaTax bill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACbwND52rrw

burrata on July 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

A DRONE! 1111ELEVENTY111 A DRONE….
There wrere cars in that montage, did they KNOW they were being watched by a DRONE!?!?

JFKY on July 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Some history.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleman_Young

a capella on July 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

IRONY ALERT !!!!! (Coffee thru nasal passages …)

‘hoping to breathe NEW LIFE onto the deserted streets of Detroit’ ,
they plan to build a ZOMBIE PARK ?!?!?!

Typical Michigan irony !!
LOLOLOL.

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Where the Funemployed become the Fundead!

apostic on July 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

MKHAMMER time!

FlatFoot on July 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

It’s hard for Conyers to get things done when he is sleeping most of the day. Quite frankly, if he gets elected I hope he stays asleep. Less damage that way. People of Detroit, WAKE UP, People of Detroit, people, people…where the heck did everyone go?

Deano1952 on July 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I don’t know where they went, but they went somewhere

NapaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The endorsement could be summed up by saying “He’s a corrupt old man, but there are advantages to having a corrupt old man around”

Mahna Mahna on July 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

So let me get this straight, the Detroit Press seems to admit he’s hopelss, old, corrupt and useless, but urge the voters to put him in ANYWAY? I mean really, he’s a minority member of the House, and not going to become a Majority member before death/retirement. Now is a GREAT time to replace him. His replacement will have several terms to develop a measure of seniority, for the if and when the Democrats control the House again.

JFKY on July 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

JOHN CONYERS gets our endorsement, but it is mostly with the hope that he will soon retire from Congress and the district will produce a more viable alternative…

Um…. if you want the guy to retire, why are you endorsing him?

When you want someone gone, you VOTE them out.

Idiots.

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

http://daledamos.blogspot.com/2007/01/talking-turkey-about-conyers.html

burrata on July 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Conyers and these other two crooks will burn in hell for that. Vile scum.

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Readers Digest Version…

“we endorse you, but you suck”…

PatriotRider on July 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Dang, the lyrics of that song actually DID bring tears to my eyes, seeing the devestation below.
Poor, poor Michigan, you really never deserved having been abdicated to such agents of the devil !!!
GRRRRRRR.

“Oh That I Had” Mt. Eden.
Would link, if not on iPad.

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

man what could have been…when I was a kid my best buds dad was way up in the Pontiac brand. He’s roll up in the first GTO, Catalina 2+2, Firebird, Grand Prix, Judge, etc. Mom drove a Bonneville Safari wagon, dad had a Lemans, Nannie had a Star Chief then a Tempest. My goal was to be a car designer and live in Detroit.

Lucky for me I failed and resorted to following my dad as a grunt civil engineer. Whew!

DanMan on July 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Detroit: Our economy is based on Hardcore Pawn

+1

burserker on July 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Detroit makes me so sad. I remember when Belle Isle was beautiful, when Bob-Lo was a place to have fun, when Northland was a nice mall, going to J L Hudson’s at Christmas, eating at Victor Lim’s, the London Chop House, Topinka’s, late night sandwiches at the Toddle House, and and going to the state fair was the highlight of the summer. Sigh…

Deanna on July 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Conyers is living proof that human beings don’t need a brain to survive.

Adjoran on July 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

What is it with Michigan and fossilized congresscritters anyway? I heard John Dingell took his original oath of office from Grover Cleveland.

Mr. D on July 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

He’s a corrupt piece of garbage, but Sugar Daddy does deliver the checks, although not as fast as he used to, and dammit, that’s what America is about in the year 2012.

MNHawk on July 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I was born near Detroit. We actually lived in Royal Oak. My father worked in Detroit. As a little kid, I remember Detroit, and the vibrant, bustling city that it was before politicians like CONYERS started draining it of its vitality.

When I was born, Detroit had a population of over 2 million. That didn’t count the suburbs. Detroit was the heart of the automobile manufacturing industry and earned the name MOTOR CITY.

Then the riots of 1967 hit. I remember when black politicians declared that they would make Detroit a black city and they boasted shamelessly that they would ‘drive the whites our of Detroit’. What followed was 40 years of governance by Democrats. Today, I understand that the population has fallen to around 800,000.

My father had gotten a job far away from the Detroit area long before 1967, but because it was like my hometown I kept track of it over the years. I haven’t been back in a very long time. It breaks my heart to see what has become of the city and surrounding environs.

That the FREE PRESS is still endorsing Democrats, when they can look out of their windows and SEE what has become of the city under the governance of Democrats exclusively for over 40 years speaks volumes, not only about the newspaper, but of the people running Detroit today.

Excellent article Mary Katharine Hamm. Thanks.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I hope the DIMocrats keep reelecting him… it is fun having him around, and he is only one vote out of 435…

Khun Joe on July 16, 2012 at 3:56 PM

…if you think the Deroit Free Press was almost holding it’s nose endorsing John Conman…try reading the paper! You need scuba gear!
You think the papers on the left and right coast are liberal?
I think the Free Press has software that rejects anything fair and balanced from appearing in any type of printable font.
If you would use the word ‘conservative’ on an internal computer…it would appear as ‘f@ckronreagan’ when you tried to type it !

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Detroit’s Zombie theme park will last just about as long as their neighbor to the north, Flint’s Autoworld. Closed the same year it opened.

SteveInRTP on July 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

i read an academic study some time ago that actually the more the crooked pols ‘brought’ home, the less the region/state grew.

they’re bringing home the crack.

crooks, coming and going

r keller on July 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Unless he’s promising to bring a carpet bomb, what’s the point? That city needs a dirt up redo.

di butler on July 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Detroit makes me so sad. I remember when Belle Isle was beautiful, when Bob-Lo was a place to have fun, when Northland was a nice mall, going to J L Hudson’s at Christmas, eating at Victor Lim’s, the London Chop House, Topinka’s, late night sandwiches at the Toddle House, and and going to the state fair was the highlight of the summer. Sigh…

Deanna on July 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The year before old Tiger Stadium went down, a guy I played baseball with in college and our sons made the treck up to see it. Loved the stadium, but, getting there and back from the hotel was a bit dicey. Not a mecca for tourism.

a capella on July 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The year before old Tiger Stadium went down, a guy I played baseball with in college and our sons made the treck up to see it. Loved the stadium, but, getting there and back from the hotel was a bit dicey. Not a mecca for tourism.

a capella on July 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Let me guess….. Michigan is a state where it’s difficult for a citizen to get a concealed carry permit?

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Let me guess….. Michigan is a state where it’s difficult for a citizen to get a concealed carry permit?

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Not any more. The requirements have loosened up somewhat. Perhaps it could be easier, but I understand it’s a lot easier than it was even 20 years ago.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

It appears the Liberal mind just can’t make the connection between success and wealth. They are nothing but takers and only give back that which they have not earned.

DDay on July 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Not a mecca for tourism.

a capella on July 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I noticed some of the tour bus companies aren’t going as often to the casinos there either. It’s really sad when you remember how beautiful it used to be. I know many cities have become less safe, Chicago comes to mind. But not many of them have seen the huge decline in property and just over-all living/livabilty as Detroit.

Deanna on July 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Corrupt and incompetent politicians? A crumbling economy. PURE MICHIGAN.

ModerateMan on July 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

All you need to know about Detroit you can learn by watching Hardcore pawn on tru TV. It’s better than a National Geographic Special and it will make you sick to your stomach.

walkingboss on July 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Wow. Our Congressman stinks on ice but, well, we’ll stick with him again. There is a reason that Detroit is in the shape it’s in… but I just can’t seem to put my finger on it… hmmmm. Same for some other cities. What was that quote from Einstein about the definition of insanity?

ghostwalker1 on July 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Detroit: Our economy is based on Hardcore Pawn

lorien1973 on July 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

It truly does illustrate the entitlement mentality of the city (I paraphrase basically every scene in the quote below):

“You gonna give me $500 for this laptop. I ain’t taking no less. And I ain’t leaving till I gets my money.”

Yet, I find myself oddly drawn to it.

Hat Trick on July 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The Freep is so Lib your fingers turn blue when you read it.

Needs correcting:

But elections are about finite choices, and while all of Conyers’ Democratic opponents are competent, none offers sufficient support for turning out a congressman of his seniority and influence obedience.

This is funny:

JOHN CONYERS gets our endorsement, but it is mostly with the hope that he will soon retire from Congress and the district will produce a more viable alternative…

Viable? The guy is barely functioning.

That is why they cant let go. Nothing more useful than a barely viable Congressman

entagor on July 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

A one day class with certified instructor, and fingerprinting, and that’s about it. I live 50 miles NE of Detroit, and most of us carry.

waterytart on July 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Hey, the guy’s running against three other Democrats.

There’s no such thing as a GOOD Socialist politician; they just have to pick the one that looks least bad at the moment. If Alvin Green ran against Adolph Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot, they’d still have to support the guy. They wouldn’t have to like it, but they’d have to do it anyway.

logis on July 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

A one day class with certified instructor, and fingerprinting, and that’s about it. I live 50 miles NE of Detroit, and most of us carry.

waterytart on July 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I visit near your neck of the woods on business about once a week. Lovely area. In fact, I’ll probably be taking my ccw class up there shortly.

totherightofthem on July 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I have to admit, I hope he retires, is an interesting pitch for a candidate.

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

‘hoping to breathe NEW LIFE onto the deserted streets of Detroit’ ,
they plan to build a ZOMBIE PARK ?!?!?!

Typical Michigan irony !!
LOLOLOL.

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

What better place? The entire city is a zombie. It’s dead, it just doesn’t know it yet and only brain dead stragglers remain. That video (and many other similar ones that I’ve seen) remind me of stuff like this that used to scare the heck out of me when I was a little kid…

cynccook on July 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I have to admit, I hope he retires, is an interesting pitch for a candidate.

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

They honestly could have said anything in that ‘endorsement,’ because there’s absolutely nothing Conyers could do to lose in that district. Honestly, he could die a month before the election and he’d still win in a landslide. Where are you guys? How are the pups doing with the travelling?

cynccook on July 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

BTW, this is the same dimwitted moron who said that he needed 2 days and 2 lawyers to read the ObamaTax bill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACbwND52rrw

burrata on July 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

He actually meant “have it read TO him”. Works better that way for John.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

There is nowhere near enough MKH presence on this blog.

stvnscott on July 16, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Are you sure that drone wasn’t flying over Beirut? Or Khartoum? Or Mogadishu Somalia? Or Harare in Zimbabawe?

Liberal politics and Democrat politicians have turned Detroit into a Third World $ h!thole. Truly despicable.

CatchAll on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I live 50 miles NE of Detroit, and most of us carry.
waterytart on July 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Just peeking back at this thread … We’re Port Huron natives, here ..
Where are you ??

pambi on July 17, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Nice endorsement.

Yes he’s a crook and it is precisely the kind of representation that suits Detroit.

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM

When Constantinople fell to the Muslims, it was not because the city walls were not strong. It was that the city had so few people left, they could not defend the whole length of the walls. There were vast areas within the walls that were wasteland. Nobody had the sense to shrink the city down to a manageable size.

This is what Detroit needs to do. Consolidate the population into a smaller, contiguous area and turn the rest back into farmland. This would run into huge problems of who decides what parts of the city are essential and which are not, private property rights, already out of control use of immanent domain and the like.

But where in Detroit is there a leader who can inspire the people and work the legal/political issues to make this happen? Not seeing any.

bartbeast on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The sad state of Detroit is in indictment of unionism. The unions could only think about squeezing more money out of the automakers, without realizing that they were pricing their members out of a job. The automakers had no clue that consumers thought their products were not worth buying and too expensive. Why didn’t the unions grasp this and use their muscle to force the automakers to be more efficient and produce higher quality products. Isn’t it the assembly line workers the final check on product quality? Instead the unions used their clout to make sure their members did not have to actually work for their pay. The unions are equally responsible for their members’ jobs being sent overseas.

bartbeast on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Let’s accelerate that retirement that The Detroit Free Press advocates for Conyers.

billrowe on July 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM