John Conyers III announces his candidacy for his father's old job

The announcement, which had been expected more than a month before the candidate filed his official papers several weeks ago, still had a whiplash headline:

“John Conyers Formally Announces Bid for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District” it read.

Huh? The longest-serving congressman, who stepped down in December amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault, would seem to be making another run for the office.

Those who read on will discover it’s actually John Conyers III, the son of the former representative, who is seeking the office.

The statement touts the qualities of the younger Conyers — his youthfulness, his energy, his emphasis on education, health care, and diversity in government that includes race and age.

It has been anything but a smooth ride for the office-seeker.…