Conyers Facing Ethics Complaints

Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have alleged that he violated House ethics rules by requiring them to work on several local and state campaigns (including his wife’s campaigns) and to babysit, chauffeur, and tutor his kids.

There are articles about this in the Detroit Free Press back to 2003, but it hasn’t been addressed in Congress because the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct has been inoperable since January 2005. However, the committee “has since hired a staff director and a team of investigators. The committee is evaluating which investigations to pursue, including the Conyers matter.” So we might get some more news on these complaints soon.

From what I understand, the things that are alleged are not uncommon, but that doesn’t makes them right; they are in violation of House ethics rules. I’d be very disappointed if the accusations against Conyers were true.

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