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. Kevin,FL

    Why is this felon going run for office? isn't that illegal,

    March 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. 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 incredibly 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.


    March 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Kiwi Pete

    I'd say this candidacy has to be "dead in the water".

    March 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Mary

    It is a sad day in America when a convicted murder who has served prison time and is still on parole has the gaul to put his name on the roll to run for any public office (even as dog catcher).

    The fact that he feels comfortable enough to do this says something about the ethics and morality of America.

    March 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. MikeinOhio

    I wish him the best of luck and hope he wins and is able to convince those AMA clowns in Washington that our lives belong to us, not the government or the AMA. We should be able to decide for ourselves and not have some profit-seeking medical group make our decisions for us with the help of those paid Washington buffoons.

    March 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Vote or die!

    March 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Carrie

    I'm willing to sign the petition. Too bad I don't live in Oakland County. Go Jack!!!!

    March 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. James Nelson

    I understand that folks are just dying to vote for him.

    March 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Skyeghost

    If I were a Michigan resident I would definitely vote for him!!!!!!!! Maybe he could open some minds out there!!! We as a country has got to get out of the Middle Ages and start opening our minds on certain taboos!!!

    March 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Maria

    sounds like the perfect addition to the clinton campaign actually.

    March 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Dave

    Sounds like the perfect Clinton supporter. Hillary should be proud.

    March 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. John

    I'm pretty sure he's got Kurt Vonnegut's endorsement.

    March 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. 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 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. lisa lac luster

    Now that's a killer!

    March 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Gotta love the genius who posted this one below, what a credit to his parents:

    stuart_zechman March 12th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

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

    Go Hillary!

    March 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. M.

    Why are my comments always waiting moderation?...I can't believe you don't publish when I see some of the absolute nonsense you do publish.

    March 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. E Alan

    Maybe the good doctor can help put a few congressmen out of their misery. Talk about CHANGE in government.

    March 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why are people picking on Jack, as far as I'm concerned he did nothing wrong, and the right wing wacos put him in jail for easing somebody's pain.

    If the time comes, and I hope that it never does, that I am terminaly ill and in a lot of pain I hope there is a guy like Jack that will help me die with dignity.

    March 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Go Jack, I'd vote for you.

    March 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. doug

    Jack would probably fit right in.

    March 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Errol


    I asked for Jack a couple weeks ago and my e-mail was censored.

    Can he be John McCain's running mate? That's where we need him.

    March 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. IA

    Yea! Finally a level headed honest man running for Congress. He should never have been in jail in the first place!

    March 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Jose'

    Well, he'll definitely get the pro-abortion votes!

    March 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. mo

    Why not Obama is running for President. Could this be any worse?

    March 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Linda

    To Voter For Truth: Yeah, isn't that weird? From prison to White House Congress - usually it's the other way around! Go Obama!!

    March 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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