According to a story by the Associated Press appearing in Fox News, longtime Representative John Conyers (D-Mich) has not qualified for the primary election to be held this coming August. Wayne County Clerk Kathy Garrett says that Conyers does not have the 1,000 signatures necessary to have his name put on the ballot. He has a brief period of time during which he can appeal Garrett's ruling. If unsuccessful, he can still run as a write-in candidate. Why an incumbent Congressman is even required to collect nominating signatures is not explained the story. During his time in office, Conyers has often won re-election with over 80 percent of the vote, and even survived a recent redistricting.
John Conyers was first elected to Congress in 1964 and is currently 84 years old. This would make him not only a career politician, but a lifetime politician. For this reason, he is one of several, in both Houses and from both parties, that I will not miss when they step down. Read the full story.