Conyers will step down, endorses son to replace him

The albatross that Democrats deserve

Conyers told a Detroit radio show this morning that "I am retiring today", though he is effectively resigning. Ian Conyers, a MI state senator and the grandson of Conyers' brother, said he also plans to run for the seat held by his 88-year-old great-uncle.

Conyers told Mildred Gaddis he's confident in his legacy, despite multiple sexual harassment claims against him, and that his legacy will continue through his children.

Earlier, Conyers' grand nephew, Michigan State Senator Ian Conyers, told the New York Times that he planned to run for the elder Conyers' seat. Attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing Marion Brown, the woman in the BuzzFeed report that blew the lid off this story, released an affidavit from Conyers' former employee Elisa Grubbs, who worked for the lawmaker between 2001 and 2013. Right now he is the longest serving member in the House and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus.

McConnell said Tuesday that if Moore wins and joins the Senate, "he would immediately have an issue with the Ethics Committee" which could open an investigation.

Two women have come forward in recent weeks to say Conyers abused or harassed them when they worked for him. "Violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business, and then propositioning for sex", Brown said. "He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional".

Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of other female staffers. "I thought it was worth the risk to stand up for all the women in the workforce that are voiceless". The group declined last week to call for his resignation, pitting its members against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said he must leave Congress. A few days later, she finally stated she believed Conyers should resign.

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The reports cite conversations with Conyers' grandson, Ian Conyers. He was the first African-American member of that committee. Six years later, he became the top Democrat on Judiciary.

Speaking from an unnamed hospital where he reportedly was being treated for stress-related complications, the longest-serving member of Congress maintained that the allegations against him "are not true", and that he could not explain their origin.

The decision sets up a battle within the Conyers family for his Detroit-area House seat. He had previously served on the staff of former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote. He sponsored the bill to declare Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, as well as the Alcohol Warning Label, National Voter Registration and Hate Crime Statistics acts.

Conyers' district includes parts of Detroit, Dearborn Heights and all of the cities of Ecorse, Garden City, Highland Park, Inkster, Melvindale, Redford, River Rouge, Romulus, Wayne and Westland.

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