Governor to call election to fill Conyers' seat

06 December, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Rep. John Conyers D-Mich. ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing

He is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress.

Conyers said in the interview that this in no way will tarnish his legacy. This, too, shall pass. "I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children", he said.

Ian Conyers told the newspaper that his great-uncle - the longest-serving current U.S. House member - "is not resigning".

"Seattle's Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who served with Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, demanded his resignation a week ago, saying there should be "'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment".

The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations of harassment and inappropriate touching by women who once worked for Conyers, including claims by Marion Brown who could testify later this week before the committee.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY said he was saddened by the resignation of his "friend and mentor" but added: "There can be no tolerance for behavior that subjects women to the kind of conduct that has been alleged".

The news comes after Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old MI state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder Conyers' seat.

On Monday, yet another allegation was lodged against Conyers, when a woman who said she worked for the congressman for more than a decade said he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

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Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom. Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal claim in 2015 with a former employee who said he fired her because she said no to his sexual advances.

She also said that she saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers on "multiple occasions". "We're calling for due process for every citizen, which also includes Congressman John Conyers by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend due process".

She said that one time, when she was at Conyers' home, he came out of the bathroom naked when he knew she was in the room.

Ian Conyers did not go into detail with the Times on the allegations against his family member, but said he would stand with him.

The 88-year-old congressman is facing several sexual harassment allegations from former staff members. And a former scheduler complained of sexual harassment and retaliation.

Conyers called the events leading to his early retirement "a game of politics", but said he and his family are taking what has happened in stride and they are dealing with it and will keep moving forward.

The reports cite conversations with Conyers' grandson, Ian Conyers.

"John Conyers has spent over 50 years protecting the rights of everyone in this country, " the Wayne County Executive said.

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