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Wayne County Clerk: Conyers can't be on primary ballot

by: Eric B.

Tue May 13, 2014 at 22:35:29 PM EDT

Welp, there it is.

The fate of U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ re-election campaign now lies with the Secretary of State’s Office after Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett announced Tuesday the longtime congressman won’t appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot after a majority of signatures turned in to certify him for a 26th term were invalidated.

Conyers plans to file an appeal with the state office, and has three days to do so. The office then will review the work done by Wayne County, said Chris Thomas, director of elections for the state. A decision won’t come until some time next week, he said.

Hate to see a man like Conyers go out like this, but if you can't crack the nominating petition nut you shouldn't be in Congress.

Eric B. :: Wayne County Clerk: Conyers can't be on primary ballot
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"It's just a flesh wound!"
But, seriously, were I a betting man, I'd not bet against Conyers.  He's got two very likely avenues back on the ballot.  The only thing I think stops Conyers is if he decideds to pack up and go home.  Hell, if the courts move more slowly he might even win the primary as a write-in and get the current law concerning petition circulators tossed for future candidates. lol

Hell Hath Frozen Over
Steve Hood has...has...**gasp**...apologized for this debacle:

Well known political consultant Steve Hood takes the blame for Rep. John Conyer's ballot problems.

"It is on me. I double checked every person that signed those petitions and I was remiss in not checking the circulators regulation status,"  Hood tells Randy Wimbley of Fox 2. "I went on their word because they've been doing it for years."

What an incredible lapse in oversight.  So, you check the actual petitions, because of course you have to do this, ultimately.  But you don't think about who's circulating the petitions?!  Not only do you do this up front, but this seems like the least time consuming part of the entire process.  Come on.  You're not hiring kids in your neighborhood to rake the leaves in your yard, for goodness sake.

How long until Martin Mayhew offers him a job with the Lions?

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

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I saw that apology
Someone should tell Steve Hood the Pointes are in the 14th District.

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Somebody did.
Steve Hood has corrected the online posting.

What worries me is that he thinks he's still in business, and still advising clients.  That would be like the Lions continuing to sell tickets after going 0-16.  Oh, wait, they are...

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Here, of course, is the difference between the Conyers and McCotter fiascoes
The Conyers campaign actually collected signatures from actual voters in the 13th District, then vetted them and submitted 2,000 names they were convinced would stand up to Secretary of State scrutiny.

And they would have, if not for the issue with the volunteers who signed off on the petition sheets.

The McCotter campaign couldn't be bothered to do any of that, and went straight to fabrication and forgery.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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