Conyers 'Retiring Today,' Endorses Son to Replace Him

Michele Moreno
December 6, 2017

Democratic Rep. John Conyers will reportedly not seek re-election after multiple women claimed he sexually harassed them including a former staffer, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Conyers, who said only that he was retiring Tuesday, but not resigning, denied any wrongdoing in the interview and endorsed his son to replace him in the House.

A number of fellow Democrats have called on Conyers to resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee.

The House Ethics Committee announced last week it has opened an investigation into allegations.

As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to swirl around him, several of Conyers' congressional colleagues encouraged him to resign.

She says the Republican governor has wide discretion as to the timing of the special election.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election previous year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district in and around Detroit. It featured about a dozen speakers and lasted a little more than an hour.

Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense.

"This is about much more than one congressman", Grubbs' attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email after Conyers resigned.

The albatross that Democrats deserve

Brown said she came forward because she wants "to be a voice", and so that her granddaughter would "not have to endure sexism and gender inequality".

"It is apparent that if we're going to raise this unholy and unlawful guillotine, calling for the head of John Conyers, then in fairness we must begin with the president of the United States".

At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct. Six years later, he became the top Democrat on Judiciary.

The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

His accuser, former aide Marion Brown, recently told NBC's "Today" show that Conyers touched her inappropriately and invited her to a Chicago hotel room to discuss business before propositioning her for sex.

After a 15-year struggle, Conyers succeeded in establishing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday in 1986.

He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office.

He added that he believed his great-uncle's constituents in MI would continue to support him and the rest of the family "as we continue to fight, as we have for leading up to a century". I'm a co-sponsor on all of them.

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