What on Heaven goes on, up there in Michigan?
Veteran U.S. Congressman John Conyers does not have enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, according to Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett.
Garrett told Local 4 on Friday that the signatures of two of Conyers’ circulators appear to be invalid.
This happened last cycle, only to our side: there are still Republican operatives who wince at the name “Thaddeus McCotter.” I do not think that this is actually political shenanigans, though. When McCotter abruptly resigned in 2012 over, ah, ballot signature irregularities the seat was ultimately retained by the GOP: very few people actually expect that the Democrats will lose a D+34 district for anything less than, say, finding out that a Congressman had stashed 90 grand of bribe money in his freezer*. But Conyers is apparently at real risk here, prior reports to the contrary: they’re going to make a final determination next week.
Frankly? Fifty years is a long time to be in the House. Too long, in fact. Fortunately, people eventually get sloppy, it seems. In the long run, entropy wins all bets.
*…IN HIS FREEZER. Sorry: that was kind of nostalgic of me.