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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 6, 2015, 01:39 PM

7. Not a good idea

Above and beyond the fact that Rep. John Conyers is 86 years old is the fact that he has a lot of baggage that would end up being a massive distraction from Sen. Sanders' campaign.

For example, there is the conviction of his wife, Monica, on criminal charges


Monica Conyers (born October 31, 1964) is a former Detroit City Council member (D) and former president pro tempore of the City Council. She was first elected to the Detroit City Council in 2005, and became its interim president in September 2008. She is the wife of U.S. Congressman John Conyers, a Democrat and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Conyers is the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation into political corruption in the city, and pled guilty to conspiring to commit bribery. On March 10, 2010, a federal judge sentenced her to 37 months in prison with an additional two years of supervised probation.

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And then there is his relationship with Louis Farrakhan.


Conyers Condemns Farrakhan’s ‘Racist, Anti-Semitic’ Talk
May 23, 2013 6:41 PM

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan congressman has apologized after attending Louis Farrakhan’s appearance at a Detroit church during which the Nation of Islam leader made anti-Jewish remarks.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers joined Detroit City Council member JoAnn Watson and others at Fellowship Chapel for Farrakhan’s Friday speech.

The Chicago-based minister denounced “Satanic Jews” and the “synagogue of Satan” that he said controls major U.S. institutions and said President Barack Obama has “surrounded himself with Satan … members of the Jewish community.”

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Conyers’s statement comes one day after the Jewish advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League criticized the Detroit Democrat for failing to counter Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism.

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There are far too many better choices. The negatives of Rep. Conyers would sink Sen. Sanders.

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