Detroit’s latest political corruption case ended in mistrial last week for political consultant Sam Riddle.
Attention turns now to the March 10 sentencing of his former boss, ex-Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers.
In contrast to Riddle, Conyers has remained remarkably quiet since her guilty plea on federal bribery charges.
Thankfully, she is off the Detroit council, and Detroit voters seem to be favoring candidates who promise not to embarrass the city by their behavior corrupt or just plain stupid.
But could Monica Conyers’ legal troubles lead to a serious primary challenge in August against her husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers?
The popular, iconic Detroit Democrat is a civil rights legend whose 40-plus year tenure in Congress is exceeded only by his congressional neighbor, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn.
No one including federal prosecutors has suggested he was aware of his wife’s financial dealings. But he or his Washington staff may have been manipulated to support one of her side deals.
Months ago, Riddle told the Detroit Free Press that in early 2007 he paid Monica Conyers half of the $20,000 in consulting fees he received from businessman Jim Papas.
The payments were followed in July 2007 by a letter John Conyers wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting Papas’ quest to reopen a controversial deep-well injection site in Romulus in which retiree pension funds had invested.
Were the two events related? Until that letter, Conyers, whose 14th District includes seven Downriver communities, had vigorously opposed the liquid waste operation.
John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) - WhoRunsGov.com, a Wash Post CoConyers was one of the first lawmakers to call for the impeachment of President Nixon, and as a member of the House Judiciary Committee he took part in the ...
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What should Conyers do? What should this champion of morality do?
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Posted in 2005 regarding nonsense:
Rep. Conyers - The Nixon White House Would Blush
“We now have a White House operation in place that is a pure, unadulterated political machine, with no discernible ethical scruples. They think nothing of baselessly attacking any and all political opponents just ask Senator Max Cleland and John McCain. And they will circle the wagons around their key loyalists, no matter how culpable see Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.”
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Yeah, Conyers, the Watergate Champion.
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