[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/12/art.kevorkian.gi.jpg 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
I would love to hear his health care plan!!!
I can't wait until we start seeing his first tv ads..." I'm Jack Kevorkian and I approve this message." The republicans are going to have a field day.
He was imprisoned for no good reason.
If a man or woman wishes to end their own life due to pain, it is his or her own decision, and if they wish to have someone aid and guide them thru it...
...BY GOD THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THAT, AND NO PSEUDO PREACHER HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY THEM THAT RIGHT.
Maybe he can run as Hillary's VP....
You've got to be kidding me
This guy kills me. 🙂
But hey, he's a "change" candidate, so he should do well with the media.
He'd make a better and more honest congressman than most that are there now. Good luck Jack!
I know Michiganders do some crazy things but a convicted murderous felon thinking he could become a Congressman takes the cake.
This should bring out the right wing nut bags.There is to much money to be made keeping people alive that should have the option of checking out.
Although its a nice thought to have an honest Senator they don't accept anyone with a felony record. "Nice try Jack"
Why not? Couldn't get much worse...
CAn a convicted felon run for office?
I can't wait to see his health care plan.
I wish Dr. Kevorkian lived in Arizona; I'd vote for him. And what a concept...honesty and sincerity in Goverment...something it's poorly lacking now!
This is one Michigander who wishes she could vote for Jack. I think he was wrongly put in prison and he's right: we need new people in politics who can make some necessary changes.
I THINK HE SHOULD BE DENIED FOOD AND WATER .
This could be a good choice for Hillarys VP, now that Spitzer is not available
"We need some honesty and sincerity instead of corrupt government in Washington," -Kevorkian
A physician who failed to uphold his Hippocratic oath to "First do no harm" doesn't have a lot of room to make that statement.
Obviously his integrity is based entirely on situational ethics.
...the last thing we need in Washington.
You goota be kidding me!!!!
The Oakland Press is not a Detroit newspaper. It's a metro Detroit newspaper (outside of Detroit in Oakland County) stationed in Pontiac, Mich. I thought CNN journalists were suppose to be AP Style specialists. Guess not...
Maybe he could be Obama's running mate!!!
I know a convicted felon can't vote. So, how can Jack Kevorkian run for office? If elected, which is highly unlikely, he would end up voting on state and federal issues. He can't vote, so he can't run for office!
I thought the road to the White House was through OHIO (and TX as the firewall), what happened here? Just a foolish thought. I guess the OHIO people are now irrelevant!! By June, the PA people will equally be irrelevant; it would be FL or MI. Aren't we tired of using and abusing people for political gains in this nation?
For Catholics, I urge you not only to contribute money, but to say a decade of the Rosary for the anointment of a decent and God-fearing man, such as Obama, to regain the White House. We are a nation of rules and laws, including our basic moral virtues.