Longstanding Democratic Representative Retires, Endorses Son, After Weeks of Allegations

politics
December 05, 2017Dec 05, 2017

Update: John Conyers has submitted his official letter of recommendation. 

https://twitter.com/thehill/status/938139240843694082

It has been reported that John Conyers, a Democratic representative from Michigan, announced on Tuesday that he is retiring. He is also endorsing John Conyers III to run for his seat. Conyers believes that endorsing his son, who he hopes will take over his vacant seat, will help to continue his legacy, according to CBS News

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now. This too shall pass," said Conyers. 

He added, "I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children. I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress."

John Conyer is 88 years old and is currently the longest-serving representative in Congress. 

Conyers served in the Korean War, became active in the civil rights movement, and then won the election in 1964 to be a member of the House of Representatives. After his election, he co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus and quickly became, by reputation and vote, one of the most liberal members in Congress. 

One of his most notable accomplishments was his sponsoring of a bill to establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.

Conyers' resignation comes after admitting last month that he paid money to settle a sexual harassment claim made by a former staffer. Conyers office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a 2015 complaint. The woman alleged that Conyers fired her after refusing to cave to repeated sexual advances made by him, according to Fox News.

Conyers has been accused by several female employees who claim that he subjected them to undesired sexual advances. The allegations a cover a twenty-year span. Fox News writes that the most recent accusations surfaced on Monday. These accusations claim that Conyers, more than a decade ago, inappropriately touched a woman while he was at church. This accusation came amid mounting claims that have occurred as Conyers was hospitalized for stress-related issues. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called on Conyers to resign. House Majority Leader Paul Ryan has joined her in encouraging Conyers to step aside in order to let somebody else take the seat. 

Conyers is one of many lawmakers currently facing problems amid the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations swirling around Capitol Hill. 

In recent news, Roy More fires back with an "epic" response after Paul Ryan calls him a "stain" on the GOP. 

Next: Roy Moore Fires Back With Epic Response After Mitt Romney Called Him a 'Stain'Dec 05, 2017