Michigan’s Democratic Rep. John Conyers said Tuesday morning he is “retiring today,” but wants his son to take his congressional seat.
TV news outlets jumped on the announcement as yet another woman accused Conyers of sexual misconduct. Until then, their This Day In John Conyers reports had been about Elisa Grubbs. Grubbs, who once worked for Conyers, came forward to say the country’s longest-serving congressman groped her in church. She says she also saw him inappropriately touch her cousin, the Detroit Free Press reported late Monday.
Conyers continues to deny the growing number of allegations of sexual impropriety against him.
Happy dancing broke out among Dems who had expected him to announce today he would not run for re-election in 2018 but would fill out his term. Top House Dem Nancy Pelosi was torched for calling Conyers and “icon,” asking “who are” the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, and demanding due process, before finally flipping her position and calling for his quick resignation.
Conyers last month stepped down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after confirming a 2015 settlement in a wrongful dismissal complaint.