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. Emmanuel

    I would love to hear his health care plan!!!

    March 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Dave

    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.

    March 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Mike

    Corrupt government?

    March 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    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...


    March 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Bob Stephens

    Maybe he can run as Hillary's VP....

    March 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Mi

    You've got to be kidding me

    March 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Manuel TX

    This guy kills me. 🙂

    But hey, he's a "change" candidate, so he should do well with the media.

    March 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Elaine, Wallingford, Connecticut

    He'd make a better and more honest congressman than most that are there now. Good luck Jack!

    March 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Bonnie

    I know Michiganders do some crazy things but a convicted murderous felon thinking he could become a Congressman takes the cake.

    March 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Jed in Texas

    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.

    March 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Although its a nice thought to have an honest Senator they don't accept anyone with a felony record. "Nice try Jack"

    March 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Why not? Couldn't get much worse...

    March 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. AC, Silicon Valley, CA

    CAn a convicted felon run for office?

    March 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Larry Buchas

    I can't wait to see his health care plan.

    March 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Karen

    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!

    March 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Beverly Williams

    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.

    March 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Puddytat


    March 12, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Kentucky

    This could be a good choice for Hillarys VP, now that Spitzer is not available

    March 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Hippocrates

    "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.

    March 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Hillary 08 Ohio

    You goota be kidding me!!!!

    March 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Todd C.


    Just wow.

    March 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Joseph

    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...

    March 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. fred

    Maybe he could be Obama's running mate!!!

    March 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Jay, Bellevue, NE

    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!

    March 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. JohnLahai

    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.

    March 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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