March 12th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Kevorkian to run for office

Kevorkian is planning a bid for Congress.
Kevorkian is planning a bid for Congress.

(CNN) – Jack Kevorkian, the assisted suicide advocate currently on parole from prison, is planning a run for Congress, a Detroit newspaper reported Wednesday.

According to the Oakland Press, Kevorkian is planning to mount an independent bid in Michigan's 9th District seat currently occupied by Republican Joe Knollenberg.

"We need some honesty and sincerity instead of corrupt government in Washington," Kevorkian told the paper. He also said his plans are in the "formative stage" and he would make a formal announcement next week.

Nate Bailey, a spokesman for Knollenberg, told CNN "the congressman is working on turning Michigan’s economy around and bringing jobs to Oakland County...He’s focused on working for the people of Oakland County, not on politics."

The one-time pathologist needs to gather 3,000 signatures in order to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate.

Kevorkian has said he has helped well over 100 people die during the 1990s. In 1998, he was formally convicted on second degree homicide for assisting in the death of Thomas Youk, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was released from prison on parole in June.

Oakland County Prosecutor Dave Gorcyca, who was responsible for sending Kevorkian to jail, told the paper he thinks the candidacy is merely a "publicity stunt."

CNN has been unable to get a comment from Kevorkian.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. TheLeftNut

    We don't need another Bush, thanks.

    March 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. stuart_zechman

    Maybe he can euthanize some republicans and make the nation a better place.

    Go Hillary!

    March 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Chanda-Cincinnati

    OMG!!!! Just when I thought the political arena could not sink any lower than the Clinton campaign!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    I'd vote for him. He's a true humanitarian. The government should not control a person's individual right to life and death.

    March 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. John from Cape Cod

    He sounds like the perfect VP for Clinton

    March 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Vig

    This just goes to prove that any Tom, Dick or Harry can run for office

    March 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Sam, Menlo Park

    ""...the [Republican] congressman is working on turning Michigan’s economy around and bringing jobs to Oakland County..."

    Geez, and after he worked SO hard at destroying the economy and driving jobs away...

    March 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. terry

    Kevorkian/Clinton

    That would be a good one!

    March 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Irene Hirschman

    Good for him. I hope he gets it.

    March 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Barb in Indiana

    Jack couldn't be any worse than some of the rest of those in our government. At least, at this point in time. Aren't the ones there already trying to kill the American people? And our dreams?

    March 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. BLUVS

    I just want to better understand something.
    Jack Kevorkian was released early from prison citing ailing health, yet he is healthy enough to announce a bid for Congress?

    That seems incredible inconsistent with the statement,
    ""We need some honesty and sincerity instead of corrupt government in Washington," Kevorkian told the paper. "

    Please let me know what you think so that I do not have the wrong impression about Dr. Kevorkian.

    BLUVS

    March 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Marinda

    Why not....he knows all about healthcare.

    March 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Frank

    He would fit in well with all the murdering Warmongers.

    March 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Dustin Wagner - Iowa City, IA

    Haha, I'm curious to see the outcome of this one. ;)

    March 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Bob

    riiiiight

    March 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Elaine in Atlanta

    You have got to be kidding....isn't he as old as John McCain!

    March 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Brad, Obamaha NE

    he's gonna kill the competition

    March 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Dan

    How can a convicted FELON run for public office?

    March 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Jackson

    I'm pleasantly surprised by the announcement. "Dr. Death" expects to breathe new life to Detroit for a financial rescussitation. In light of the political malaise brought about by Detroit's present mayor (Kwame Fitzpatrick) the region would surely benefit from a known figure who accepts responsibility for his actions.

    March 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Ted Schoonover

    Well although it may be admirable and selfless, how can a convicted felon hold a policital office, the last time I looked they could not even register to vote, therefore can even sign an election petition let alone hold an office.

    March 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. scott,manchester NH

    probably one of THE best places to practice his style of medicine....in washington....government's already IN a coma...what harm can it do?

    scott

    March 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    At least we could trust Kevorkian...

    March 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. prakash chand for HILLARY

    YAP !

    AND THATS WHAT WE NEEDED AFTER BUSH.

    March 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Fred Brown

    How can Jack Kevorkian be elected to office if he has been convicted of second degree homicide, which is a felony?

    March 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. HawkGuy

    Is this possible?

    He served time for 2nd Degree Murder. I would think that's a felony. Can a convicted felon run for elective office?

    March 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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