Skip to comments.Conyers to go for 24th term in 2012 (wife behind bars, $27K worth of tickets go unexplained)
Posted on 01/31/2011 7:53:59 PM PST by Libloather
Conyers to go for 24th term in 2012
Published: Jan. 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM
DETROIT, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Saying he's not ready to retire, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., who has been in Congress since 1965, announced plans to run for re-election in 2012.
The 81-year-old Michigan Democrat has had an easy time retaining his seat, but political analysts say the 2012 contest could be challenging because of his age and a redistricting exercise that could expand his district, The Detroit News reported Monday.
"It's understood that I'm going to be running again," Conyers told the News. "I mean, I always have."
Conyers, who will try for his 24th term, is the longest-serving black congressional member.
Political commentator Bill Ballenger said Conyers' announcement -- just as Michigan's U.S. Rep. John Dingell saying he will seek re-election -- likely is meant to stake out a claim as the GOP-dominated statehouse gets first crack at redrawing district lines to reduce the state's U.S. House of Representative delegation from 15 to 14 because of population loss.
Ballenger, Inside Michigan Politics editor, said redistricting could be a determining factor.
"If he gets a district that's less African-American than the one he's got now, then things like race and his age could be a factor," Ballenger said.
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oops...does he know he is running?
Just ANOTHER reason we need term limits!
It's not just a crazy idea, it's the law.
Why do politicians talk that way? I mean, why can't he just say "Yes" or "No"?
He’s 81...he should be “term limited” soon due to natural causes.
“All of the “little people” love him so much.
i’m sure some nasty dynastic fight will take place resulting in the next anointed taking over. Its whoever the local democrat committee decides, usually means who has the fatter envelope. no difference will be achieved.
His district is adjacent to the dean of the House, John Dingell. Getting rid of either one of these guys would be a benefit to the country however, Dingell is getting so senile it would probably be better to replace Conyers.
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