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John Conyers To Resign From Office Amid Sexual Allegations
Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan who has served in Congress since 1965, is resigning from office.
Conyers’s resignation comes after several women came forward accusing Conyers of sexual misconduct, including using his congressional resources to help facilitate sexual liaisons with several women.
From his hospital bed in Detroit, Conyers made the announcement that he was planning to resign on Tuesday. “I’m in the process of putting my retirement plans together,” he said. “I am retiring today.”
Conyers was admitted to the hospital due to stress involved from the accusations he received last month, his consultant Sam Riddle explained.
Many have called for Conyers to resign amid these allegations. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), although initially reluctant, said that Conyers should step down last week. “The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we’ve heard more and more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible,” Pelosi said. “Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone — no matter how great a legacy is no license to harass or discriminate.”
Pelosi’s decision to call for Conyers’s resignation, though a bit late, was the right one to make — and his departure should be welcomed by the Democratic Party, even though Conyers has been a fixture of the Democrats since the 1960s. His behavior was abhorrent, and shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone on the right or the left.
Other lawmakers who are Democrats, who have engaged in similar patterns of behavior, should also step down. That includes Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who has also been accused of inappropriately touching women.
The party needs to be critical against Republicans, like Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, who have used their positions of power and authority for nefarious ends. But when those issues come up among Democratic lawmakers, the left cannot be silent about, nor excuse, that behavior.
Those critical of sexual abuse and harassment must be consistent, and see to it that anyone who engages in that type of behavior be held to account, no matter which party they belong to.