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. Nicole

    At least this guy is honest. I think there is noting wrong with what he does. How would you like to be in a serious amount of pain and know that you are going to die, but you have to wait it out. In this day and age it crazy that people don't get to chose when they want to die and how. I am sure if you were in their shoes you would feel differently. How about go work in hospice for a few days and see how those people feel. It's a shame there are still so many ignorant people on this planet.

    I would vote for him in two seconds, at least he is honest. 99% of our politicans are more shady than a tree.

    March 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Cyrus - NY

    Another sociopath in the Congress!! not bad.

    March 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Will Walker

    I can imagine a role for Jack Kevorkian in Congress - Where do we need euthanasia more than in our legislature?

    March 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Elaine in Atlanta

    yeah he can be McCain's running mate

    March 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Linda Olsan

    I think that he should run for congress, along with Ralph Nader. How could politics get any worse? Kevorkian and Nader would probably be the only up front people in congress. He has my vote.

    March 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Linda Olsan

    I think that Kevorkian should run for congress. He would be the only up front person in congress. However, he would probably be run out like Spitzer just was. Believe me, that was a real railroading there, if there ever was one.

    March 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Jeanne

    Sure why not. Let the voters in Michigan decide whether they want him as a representative or not.

    March 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. what!!

    how stupid is this. he can't run. he has a criminal record. end of story. and you smart college kids are going to support him. get a life!

    March 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Harry, Austin, Tx

    Looks like Kevorkian's congressional bid is on life support. On the other hand, perhaps with his expertise he can serve his country well as a Member of Congress.

    March 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. J

    go jack! i would vote for you if i could! this is great news!

    March 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Jos/Memphis, TN

    at least we know what he is about

    March 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Roger

    Considering the band of crooks, liars, and sexual deviants who already inhabit Washington, I think Mr. Kavorkian will do just fine.

    At least "Dr. Death" has been known to tell the truth once in awhile...

    March 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Spoon

    Hahah, half of you people seem to think he's running for president. Do you even know how to read?

    March 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. SaneTexan

    He has helped people see the LIGHT and wants CHANGE. YES HE CAN! Obama/Jack 08!

    March 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Ben

    Amazing...the readers here are unable to grasp the concept of somebody running for political office other than the presidency.

    March 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Gary, Detroit, Mich.


    Please tell me just what other crazy things those Michiganders do.

    March 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Tom Wittmann



    March 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. 4McCain

    How old is Jack anyway? He should just be happy if he can live long enough to get 3,000 votes. Better check the names on those ballots, some could be old patients of his.

    March 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Josh

    Oh good! Dr. Kevorkian is running for Congress! He'll be sure to bring in the homicide vote. What's so bad about a psychopathic doctor in Congress? It worked so well for Bill Frist!

    March 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Dazed and Loving it!

    It is NOT against the law for felons to run for office, nor is it illegal in all states for felons to vote, sorry guys that is the way of the world, the Constitution said nothing on this subject.

    As for the man himself, there are those that feel the sanctity of life is something that should be controlled by society and those that feel it should be controlled by individuals. I agree that the sanctity of life (in a general sense) is societies business but the sanctity of MY life is MY decision and if I wish to end it for what ever reason I should ahve that option. remember a few years ago in most states you could get a life prison term for attempting suicide his actions are one of the things that changed that, I respect the man and have signed his petition

    March 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Randall Hayes

    Convicted felons may run for Congress. Though some states have laws prohibiting felons from running for political office, those restrictions can only apply to state and local candidates. The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s list of qualifications for Congressional candidates is exhaustive. States may not add to it.

    The sole requirements to run for a U.S. House seat are:
    1. Be at least 25 years old.
    2. Have been a citizen of the United States for at least 7 years.
    3. At the time of your election, be an inhabitant of the state from which you are elected.

    March 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Richard, FL

    Shouldn't he run as a Republican? Vote for me or die!

    March 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Aaron

    So... I'm guessing he's pro-choice then??

    March 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. BLARN

    Too bad he's not running in Chicago; they let dead people vote there!

    March 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. bond

    Someone give him back his meds.

    March 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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