John Conyers was first elected to Congress from Michigan in 1964, meaning he has been there now for going on fifty years. If he wins re-election this year, he will be the longest-serving member of the US House of Representatives.
John Conyers nearly didn't make the ballot this year. Michigan has a requirement that congressional candidates submit 1000 signatures to qualify for the ballot; Conyers' efforts fell short. And not just a little short; I believe that when the dust cleared he only had about 600 valid signatures. That should have been the end of his candidacy.
It wasn't; Conyers succeeded in convincing a friendly judge that Michigan's signature law is unconstitutional. So Conyers will be on the August 5 Michigan primary ballot.
If I lived in that district, I would not be voting for Conyers. The fact that someone who has been in Congress for half a century is so grossly incompetent that he can't even put together enough of a political machine to collect a thousand signatures tells me that it's time for someone else to represent that district. And in fact, Conyers does have a primary opponent who is making much of Conyers' inability to perform a simple political task like get enough valid signatures to be on the ballot. The one time I ran for public office and needed a thousand signatures, it took me and a couple of volunteers a grand total of two Saturdays at the mall to collect them. It makes one wonder how many other basic competencies that office is allowing to slip.
Dear Congressman Conyers: It's time to go.