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Olmstead writes: "'My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now,' he said in speaking to the radio station. 'This too shall pass.'"

Representative John Conyers. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Representative John Conyers. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


John Conyers Announces He Will Leave Congress Immediately

By Molly Olmstead, Slate

05 December 17

 

ep. John Conyers told a Detroit radio show Tuesday morning that he planned on “retiring” the same day, rather than retiring in 2018 as his great-nephew said earlier in the morning. Conyers is the first congressman to step down after being accused of sexual misconduct. He continues to deny the sexual harassment claims.

“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now,” he said in speaking to the radio station. “This too shall pass.”

He also endorsed his son to replace him in Congress, even though his great-nephew already announced he would be running for the seat.

Original post: Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives and the Michigan congressman who has been accused of sexually harassing multiple former staffers, will not be seeking re-election in 2018, a relative told the New York Times.

Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator and the grandson of Rep. Conyers’ brother, said the elder Conyers will be retiring because of his health, on the recommendation of his doctor. He emphasized the retirement was not a resignation.

Rep. Conyers plans to announce his retirement on a local radio program 10 a.m. Tuesday, Ian Conyers said. The 29-year-old Conyers said he plans to run for his great-uncle’s seat and believes the support for his family is still strong in Michigan.

The allegations against Rep. Conyers surfaced in a Nov. 20 BuzzFeed story, which reported the then–top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee settled sexual harassment complaints with a former staffer who complained he had fired her when she refused his advances. Other female aides have complained he had touched them inappropriately and requested sexual favors from them.

After the story came out, many called for Conyers to resign, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Conyers, who acknowledged the settlement but denied the allegations of sexual harassment, resigned from his position on the Judiciary Committee but disappointed many when he remained in Congress.


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0 # Wise woman 2017-12-05 18:07
It's about time!! But, you've got to wonder who's behind this in the DP.
 
 
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-12-05 18:41
This is sad. Conyers was one of the great ones. He had a flaw and now he is doing the honorable thing. His legacy won't be tarnished. He was a great political leader for many, many years. He had a weakness and he did some wrong things. At least he's admitting it.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-12-05 21:35
This week at least one bill is being introduced to stop the use of nondisclosure agreements and make the slush fund transparent (though not retroactively).

The spirit of such a bill may be foiled by people like Conyers, who made payoffs with their own 'office allowance'. The average allowance for House members is $1.2 million, for senators $3 million.
 
 
+2 # Wise woman 2017-12-05 22:42
He's not admitting it.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-12-07 08:35
Conyers has called for his son, John Conyers III, to replace him. The younger man, 27, was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend this year although police declined to press charges because there were no witnesses and there was some question that it might have been an accident.
 

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