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

Kevorkian to run for office

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Steve

    What the heck, if Bill Clinton can get elected to the position of Governor and later President after receiveing a presidential pardon for a felony and Marrion Barry can get re-elected once released from jail why shouldn't Kevorkian run?

    March 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    We already have a DR. Death from ILLINOIS. He's running for President. He wants to pull out of Iraq in 16 months win or lose. We have had 4000 men and women to die in Iraq, for what? So we can say sorry, our President was wrong to ever go there in the first place. Obama never voted for the war, so we are very sorry for the mess we made, your on your own. So, we don't need another one from Michigan, thank you very much.

    March 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. txpoodoo

    I got a great campaign slogan for him.....

    "Vote for me and I'll let you live!"

    March 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Why Bother

    Clinton/Kevorkian '08!

    March 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. HP Boston

    Hey I love the Dr.,wish I could vote for him.

    March 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. clinton muehlenbrock

    Look it's hillary's vice president lol

    March 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. HP Boston

    They shoot horses don't they?

    March 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Haley Rodman Clemson

    I don't know much about his agenda but he probably has some good ideas on how to cut social security and medicaid costs.

    March 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. jlunz

    as a felon can he run?

    March 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. symphonyofdissent

    I didn't think that convicted for second degree homicide could run for congress. Aside from that, I think he would probably be a much better representative of my views than the current republican incumbent. Of coure, I don't live in Michigan so I guess I have no say in that.

    March 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Mike

    People are dying to vote for him.

    March 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Joe

    This is awesome.

    March 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Trish C. in Omaha

    Aside from what the good people of Michigan decide to do with this one, can a convicted felon be a representative in congress?

    March 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Frylok81

    Hey if nothing else they (hollywood) can make a new movie "Dr. Death goes to Washington"

    March 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Greg

    He has my vote.

    We would he he did to any animal that was suffering. I have never spoken to someone who said that they would want to kept alive while in pain with no hope but death.

    What a waste of tax payer money to put him in prison.

    March 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. ian Paredes

    A guy that helped people kill themselves has a SERIOUS bid for congress.

    Ha, ha, ha. Psh.

    March 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Austin, Texas

    That's one scarey Mr Rogers.

    His congressional bid really is in make believe land.

    March 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Pford

    I hope he wins

    March 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. anon

    i guess if his campaign doesn't generate the steam it needs, he could always...(help me – i don't want to)... pull ... (type this – oh god – i can't stop myself)... the... (noooooo)... PLUG.

    here all week.

    March 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. MJ Miller

    How can a convicted felon run for office? I didn't think convicted murderers could hold political office...

    March 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Tony

    I'd vote for the guy or sign his petition. He is an angel of mercy for those in dire straits, not the evil person so many perceive him to be. For those who would like to see him imprisoned hear this; wait until the time comes when you or one of your loved ones are in total agony 24 hours a day. Then we'll see about what's right and what's wrong.

    March 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. W

    Good for him. He will bring a different perspective to the health care debate. That while we should have healthcare available for everyone, we should respect individuals and their families to make decisions on how to use the treatments available, and what treatments they want to decline. He will help us consider the dignity of the very elderly, or those like Terri Shciavo. Whether to encourage or insist that patients receive futile treatments, or whether to allow the terminallly ill or very elderly people to die with grace and dignity if they so choose.

    March 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Justin

    hey a good running mate for hillary's independent run for presidency after the primary!

    March 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Brook Mantia

    Wow! Is he still even alive? Well, you know there's always room for one more criminal in Congress. And considering his "specialty," he might be able to do alot of good there...

    March 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Don R., Seattle, WA

    I would vote for him. There are few people in society that I have such a high level of respect for as I do for Jack Kevorkian.

    March 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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