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Rep John Conyers Accused of Unethical Behavior

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is being accused to ethics violations by two former aides:

Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have alleged that he repeatedly violated House ethics rules.


Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff in Conyers's Detroit office, and Sydney Rooks, a former legal counsel in the district office, provided evidence for the allegations by sharing numerous letters, memorandums and copies of e-mails, handwritten notes and expense reports with The Hill.

In letters sent separately by each woman to the House ethics committee, the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office, they allege that Conyers demanded that aides work on several local and state campaigns and forced them to baby-sit and chauffeur his children. They also charge that some aides illegally used Conyers's congressional offices to enrich themselves...

...Among Maher's allegations:

• In 2002, Conyers's aides in D.C. were sent to Detroit to help his wife, Monica, win a state Senate seat. While she lost that election, she won a seat last year on the Detroit City Council.

• On June 2, 2003, Conyers forced Maher to spend a day campaigning for Keith Williams, who won a seat on the Wayne County Commission. She became fed up and drove off after going door to door to distribute campaign literature for a few blocks.

• Carol Patton, a legislative counsel on Conyers's personal staff, was hired in 2003 to help Williams and to help JoAnn Watson in her bid for Detroit City Council. Patton still works for Conyers and earns more than $44,000 per year, according to the 2005 House statement of disbursements.

• In a Dec. 22, 2004, letter, Maher said Conyers staffer Melody Light "conducts her law practice (charging legal fees) out of the congressional office. ... She has in effect hung out her shingle on [Conyers's] office door."

Maher and Rooks said that Conyers tasked staffers in his district office with taking care of his two young boys, John and Carl.

This does not surprise me. The entitlement mentality is alive and well among the Democrat members of the US Congress:

A former staffer who has worked for two House Democrats said, "This type of behavior is so prevalent, the unofficial duties that members require you to do off-the-record. Most staffers are subjected to this unfair treatment. It's the great untold story on Capitol Hill."

Anklebiting Pundits also posted about Congressman Conyer's troubles and points out this bit of hypocrisy:

The Cranbrook School that Conyers kid attended has a tuition of $17,000.00 per year (which rises to $21,000 per year for high school).


Funny how Conyers is opposed to school vouchers but apparently has no problem using taxpayers dollars (which fund his staff) to help his own kids - who just happen to go to private school. What's a matter John, the public schools in your district not good enough? Hypocritical bastard. He refuses to give his constituents the chance to send their kids to the same schools as his kids attend.

Rep. Conyer's children attend an elite academy while his constituents are forced into the educational disgrace of the Detroit Public School System.

Read more at PoliPundit, Moonbattery, Lucianne


Comments (23)

Cranbrook is a BEAUTIFUL ca... (Below threshold)
JohnAnnArbor:

Cranbrook is a BEAUTIFUL campus, with an art college, a school, and other neat stuff. Really nice place.

Wonder which public school Conyer's kid would have gone to? Northern? Finney? Southwestern? MLK?

Thank God we have the chanc... (Below threshold)
minnie:

Thank God we have the chance again this year to vote all those crooked congressmen out of office. I hear they have completely neutered the ethics committees to protect their cozy relationships with Democrat Jack Abramoff and other convicted Democratic Party K-Street lobbyist crooks. I only hope none of our God-fearing Republic Congressmen are blamed for any of the dirty money dealings, they are the ones keeping the process clean.

Give Conyers office a call,... (Below threshold)
Jack V:

Give Conyers office a call, after Conyer's call for Bush's impeachment maybe we should suggest that he resign. Since republicans are guilty unless proven innocent, the democrats should be held to the same standards.

I will bet any amount of mo... (Below threshold)
Randy Smith:

I will bet any amount of money that his fellow democrats will not act upon this with the fervor they have of the Abramoff case but will instead come out in his defense.

Any takers?

What I find funny is that the poster Minnie is joking about the Abramoff case but the same democrats who are going after Abramoff are the ones that a few months ago had Lobbyist paid gifts and trips listed on their government records. Did they return these gifts? No, they simply relisted them as from as something else. Way to take the high ground democrats.

I'm just waiting for someon... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

I'm just waiting for someone like the "Reverends" Sharpton or Jackson to play the race card on this one.

Thank you Kim for telling t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Thank you Kim for telling this story. While I'm normally of liberal sympathies, this is one of the reasons I sometimes enjoy reading a largely conservative blog like this..There has always been something a bit self-righteous about Conyers the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

This does not surprise m... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

This does not surprise me. The entitlement mentality is alive and well among the Democrat members of the US Congress:

A former staffer who has worked for two House Democrats said, "This type of behavior is so prevalent, the unofficial duties that members require you to do off-the-record. Most staffers are subjected to this unfair treatment. It's the great untold story on Capitol Hill."

So this type of behavior is exclusive to Democrats because Kim says so, it doesnt happen with the "party of ideas" -Despite the imminent implosion of prominent GOP members due to Abramoff's direct contributions.

Also by Kim's logic, representatives who work in poor districts should live poor and should not access higher education despite having the ability to afford it.

Hey, if the hood fits....

And this is the least bit s... (Below threshold)
MichiganJ:

And this is the least bit surprising? Anyone who has lived in Southeast Michigan for any length of time has witnessed Conyers' corruption for years. He is pond scum. A couple years ago he and his staff took several dozen Thanksgiving turkeys meant for charity and used them for their private Thanksgiving parties. And some of them didn't even get used, just dumped, I think. Just a small example of the sense of entitlement and utter lack of morals this guy demonstrates constantly.

Unfortunately, we can't get him out because his constituency is primarily liberal southeastern Michiganders (i.e. Detroit + suburbs).

I pray every year that somebody will finally help us get this crook out of office...

GloatKim never said ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Gloat
Kim never said it was only Dems. Your bias is showing.
If you had followed the link to ABP, you'd have seen the complaint about the private school: On top of the tuition, Conyers supposedly (if you believe what his aide says) made tutoring part of the job description of a staffer. A staffer paid for by the citizens.

GloatKim never sa... (Below threshold)
Gloat Kim never said it was only Dems. Your bias is showing.

More like his paranoia.

Gloat,1) She did not... (Below threshold)
Steve:

Gloat,
1) She did not say it was exclusive to Dems
2) No one is in trouble for direct contributions from Abramoff
3) I do believe that in order to represent a district you must reside in that district

"The entitlement mentality ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"The entitlement mentality is alive and well among the Democrat members of the US Congress"

lol

The top members of the House, Senate and WH are all under criminal investigation. Abramoff and Cunningham... the list is sooooo long. Culture of corruption.


@ jp2 re: Bush admin... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

@ jp2 re: Bush admin

The top members of the House, Senate and WH are all under criminal investigation. Abramoff and Cunningham... the list is sooooo long. Culture of corruption.


vs: the Clinton admin

- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance - Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates - Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation - Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify - Most number of witnesses to die suddenly - First president sued for sexual harassment. - First president accused of rape. - First first lady to come under criminal investigation - Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case - First president to establish a legal defense fund. - First president to be held in contempt of court - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad - First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

But hey, I think BJC did some great things for the country

- GOP seats gained in House since Clinton became president: 48
- GOP seats gained in Senate since Clinton became president: 8
- GOP governorships gained since Clinton became president: 11
- GOP state legislative seats gained since Clinton became president: 1,254
as of 1998
- State legislatures taken over by GOP since Clinton became president: 9
- Democrat officeholders who have become Republicans since Clinton became
president: 439 as of 1998
- Republican officeholders who have become Democrats since Clinton became president: 3

But hey, we can compare notes again in 2009.

OoopsForgot the cite... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Ooops
Forgot the cite
http://www.prorev.com/legacy.htm

Reagan was accused of rape ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Reagan was accused of rape actually. Check your facts.

SCSI! Nice site! I suppose ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

SCSI! Nice site! I suppose you agree with these other claims on there too...

-MORE EVIDENCE BUSH CHEATED ON MILITARY OBLIGATION
-I am really sorry that we inflicted upon you the likes of George Bush and Bill Clinton.
-BUSH REGIME OPENING PEOPLE'S MAIL
-WHY BUSH'S SPYING ON YOU IS ILLEGAL
-BUSH REGIME INTRUDES ON MUSLIM HOMES, BUSINESSES, MOSQUES WITHOUT WARRANTS
-BUSH TRASHES CONSTITUTION WITH ORDER ALLOWING ILLEGAL NSA SPYING IN U.S.
And my favorite!
-BUSH USING FLU THREAT TO TRASH CONSTITUTION

Seriously, thanks for the link and the laugh. Just great.

No, jp2, I just like using ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

No, jp2, I just like using the oppositions sites where I can. Curious to see if folks like you would denounce a group in your own camp in order to defend WJC.

As for Reagan and rape... check your own facts. Kitty Kelly?

jp2,You should che... (Below threshold)
Randy Smith:

jp2,

You should check out the documentary that the National Geographic channel runs from time to time about Osama. After watching it and the Michael Moore 911 film you will wonder why Moore left out half the facts out of his film.

Also why do democrats love JFK when he has done many of the same things that Bush has done?

It all comes down to double standards. I have always said that politicians should be kick out of office for taking gifts and trips from lobbyists, regardless off which party they belong to. Most democrats I talk to agree with this as long as it is only republicans. When I tell them that the democrats are pursuing the Abramoff case where caught by the press for having gifts and trips listed as given to them by lobbyists on government records but were allowed to go back as far as 8 years and change those to something else they never say much. When I mention that republicans did it as well, then they get pissed again.

If you think what Cunningham did was limited only to republicans you are not being honest with yourself.

Don't have to defend anyone... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Don't have to defend anyone. You know very few of my actual positions on issues, and you don't know my "camp." I didn't even vote for Clinton!

As far as Reagan, major newspapers, as well as People magazine reported it. Regardless, you posted something that was not true, and you should retract it.

jp2, It would help... (Below threshold)
Randy Smith:

jp2,

It would help if you put in your message who you are replying to. It will help others follow the thread.

Randy: Point taken. Thanks.... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Randy: Point taken. Thanks.

jp2,Much thanks. I... (Below threshold)
Randy Smith:

jp2,

Much thanks. If I am debating with someone I want to make sure he or she is replying to my post or if not I can take it in context. Some forums do that for you, sadly this one does not.

Thanks for understanding!

@ jp2As far as Re... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

@ jp2
As far as Reagan, major newspapers, as well as People magazine reported it.
And it was all based on a Kitty Kelly book (ie, they were reporting on the book, not the alleged crime).




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