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Another Day, Another Conyers Family Ethics Problem

By Doug Powers  •  November 30, 2010 04:13 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Has John Conyers, not to mention members of his family, earned the benefit of the doubt with their years of honest service? Should we just assume there’s a reasonable explanation for this? I didn’t think so:

DETROIT (WJBK) – The son of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., says items were stolen out of the government vehicle he was driving last Wednesday in downtown Detroit, FOX 2’s Simon Shaykhet reports.

John Conyers III, 20, told police two Apple MacBooks, valued at $1,100 apiece, and more than $27,000 worth of concert tickets to the Fillmore were stolen out of a burgundy 2010 Cadillac Escalade registered to the 14th Congressional District.
Shaykhet says the incident brings into question why the son of a congressman was driving a registered government vehicle.

“I don’t know of a single person in congress in the 16 years I was there who had to put vehicle titles in the name of the government,” former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg tells FOX 2.

According to the U.S. General Services Administration Web site , if an employee allows an unauthorized person to use a government vehicle, that employee could be suspended or fired.

“I would tell you that they better use this (vehicle) just for the purpose of what they had been required to do,” said Knollenberg. “Not to get into the hands of a relative or a friend or whatever.”

Move along, nothing to see here!

At least the Playboys weren’t stolen. Whew! That was a close call.

Today, Rep. Conyers apologized for the absolutely, positively one-time-only incident:

Democratic Congressman John Conyers says he’s learned that his son inappropriately used a government vehicle in Detroit and plans to reimburse the Treasury for any non-official use.

The House Judiciary Committee chairman says in a statement Tuesday the vehicle was used during the Thanksgiving holiday. The 81-year-old congressman apologized and says he’ll make sure it won’t happen again.

It’s bad enough that John Conyers gets to tool around in a $75,000 vehicle on the taxpayers’ dime, let alone his son. Maybe Junior just got used to driving the thing when dad had his license suspended.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there’s no word of what was on the computers that were stolen (the info will probably be a part of the next round of Wikileaks), why Conyers had $27,000 worth of concert tickets in his car, or who they belonged to. Maybe Conyers is just a really big Joe Satriani fan.

**Written by Doug Powers

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