The longest-serving current member of the House is leaving amid sexual harassment allegations. As The New York Times reports, Representative John Conyers Jr., of Michigan, faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees. He has announced that he is leaving Congress immediately and wants his son to replace him.
“I am retiring today," the 88-year-old said. “I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans. I will have more on that soon.”
He maintains that his legacy, as the longest-serving African American in the history of Congress, will not be tarnished. “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now,” he said. “This too shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children.”
The incidents have become politically charged, with prominent Democrats sparked to speak out against their colleague. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. James E. Clyburn (S.C.) and others demanded that Conyers step down. “Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone,” Pelosi said per The Washington Post. “No matter how great the legacy, it is no license to harass or discriminate. In fact, it makes it even more disappointing.”
Conyers wants his son to replace him. "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," he said.
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