The ‘Me Too’ phenomenon has officially claimed another victim and this time, it’s the currently longest serving member of Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). First elected to the House in 1965, Conyers has been in Congress longer than many Americans have been alive, but age apparently doesn’t mean a person is too old to have desires that are hard to control.
After spending several weeks vehemently defending Conyers as a champion of women, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi changed her tune less than a week ago and called for Conyers to resign as the sexual allegations against hi began to accumulate and today, Conyers announced that he was retiring today from the House
(The Hill) – Facing a surge of pressure from his fellow Democrats, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) stepped down from Congress on Tuesday over mounting allegations of sexual harassment, marking an extraordinary fall for the longest-serving member of Congress.
Speaking to a local radio station, the 88-year-old Conyers was defiant in both maintaining his innocence and defending a legacy he insisted “can’t be compromised or diminished.”
“This too shall pass,” Conyers told radio host Mildred Gaddis. “And I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children.”
Aiming to help that process along, Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him, setting up a potential Conyers-family showdown for the seat, as the lawmaker’s great-nephew, Ian Conyers, told The New York Times recently that he also plans to enter the race…
Some congressional staffers have been saying that sexual harassment has been widespread throughout Congress and that if all of the cases were made public that it would result in a drastic reduction in the number of members of the House and Senate. Frankly, Washington needs to be cleaned out and perhaps this is one method to accomplish it.