Maybe. A second review of petitions shows long-time Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) falling far short of the 1,000 signatures needed for his name to appear on the August ballot.
— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) May 9, 2014
@wxyzdetroit Praise the Lord!
— Christine Anderson (@Chrsitine414) May 9, 2014
WXYZ reports that out of 2,000 collected signatures, 764 were tossed out and another 644 are being challenged.
Hard to believe this is how it ends for John Conyers, CBC founder and 2nd most senior member of House pic.twitter.com/n3abUxwmoI
— Charlie Mahtesian (@PoliticoCharlie) May 9, 2014
Conyers has served in Congress since 1965 and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
According to WXYZ, “The controversy began after the validity of signatures came in question. These signatures were gathered by Conyers’ team and were necessary for a candidate to appear on the ballot. Conyers needed 1,000, and he turned in well more than that.” However, the law requires those who collect signatures to be registered themselves, and one of Conyers’ team collecting signatures was a fugitive facing a number of charges.
You'll be shocked, I'm sure, to learn that Rep. Conyers hired a fugitive to collect ballot petition sigs http://t.co/beQoiR5D1t
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 9, 2014
Is this the end of the line for John Conyers?
So, really – could John Conyers be in trouble?? Clerk says Conyers lacks signatures for primary ballot http://t.co/def65wrq4D
— Paul Singer (@singernews) May 9, 2014
— Matt Pressberg (@mattpressberg) May 9, 2014