Rep. John Conyers not seeking re-election after term

Violet Powell
December 6, 2017

Conyers, 88, announced Tuesday morning during an interview on Praise 102.7 FM that he is retiring and is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.

Last week, calls for Conyers' resignation grew louder, as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, a key ally of Conyers, called on him to leave office in the wake of the allegations.

As the furor grew, he stepped down as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Ethics Committee began investigating him.

While Democrats appear to be taking sexual harassment allegations seriously-even those filed against congressmen with so much power and sway they were considered "untouchable"-yesterday Donald Trump endorsed an alleged child molester (and confirmed bigot/theocrat/racist) running for the Senate in Alabama".

After distancing itself from the candidate, the Republican National Committee followed suit, announcing it is helping fund Moore's campaign for next Tuesday's special election.

In 1964, when he won his first term, Conyers was one of just five black members of Congress, and the first to represent the city of Detroit. "He is going to retire, ' Conyers" great-nephew Ian, a MI state senator, told the New York Times, adding that he planned to run for the seat in Congress himself, suggesting Conyers would step down at the end of his term and won't seek reelection.

Conyers, however, has steadfastly denied the claims, saying he hasn't harassed anyone and that the $27,000 payment to former staffer Marion Brown - who broke a non-disclosure agreement by speaking publicly last week - was a severance payment to her for her years of service, not as an any admission he did anything wrong. "He is going to retire", the younger Conyers said. In the affidavit, Grubbs said Brown told her, "That SOB just wanted me to have sex with him".

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Described by supporters as an icon of liberal policymaking, Conyers was revered on Capitol Hill as a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

'It's very sad. The courageous women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.

At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Giving up his spot on the committee was a move that a senior Democratic aide said Pelosi helped orchestrate.

In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor. I'm a co-sponsor on all of them.

The lawmaker was abandoned by party leadership when the seriousness of the allegations against him became apparent, and as Congress grapples with how to address the issue of sexual misconduct.

He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved".

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