U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., who has represented the Warrendale neighborhood in Congress since 1965, was in the news again recently - and not for anything good. Mr. Conyers hasn't bothered to cut his grass or maintain his home in Detroit for so long that it was actually threatening Detroit's chances at landing a stop on the PGA tour.
His blighted house, after all, is immediately adjacent to the Detroit Golf Club and the PGA was reportedly concerned about the condition of several homes near the course, including Mr. Conyers's, since they would be clearly visible to television cameras. National television audiences, I'm afraid, don't like looking at blighted homes any more than most Detroit residents do.
Charlie LeDuff from Fox 2 Detroit has more on this story.
I'm glad that Mr. Conyers has cleaned up his home for now. However, the fact that it took television cameras on his front steps to get him to do what most Detroiters do anyway, is simply one more reason why I seriously hope that someone challenges him in the primary next year.