Longest-serving USA congressman quits after sex harassment claims

Conyers supporters rally against racism & 'phony white liberals'

Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the civil rights leader's almost 53-year career on Capitol Hill. State Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, said he plans to run for the seat.

A number of fellow Democrats have called on Conyers to resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee.

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. "It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do". Shortly thereafter, the RNC renewed their financial support of Roy Moore's campaign.

Wounded by the mounting accusations, and well aware of the potential implications for Democrats' efforts to win congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections, the party's congressional leadership last week called for Conyers to resign. In one instance he appeared to mock all the women who have used the #MeToo hashtag to share their stories of assault, harassment, or rape.

When asked if Congress should "open the books" and share the names of all the members who are responsible for $7 million in sexual harassment lawsuits paid, Conyers said, "My answer is a strong, unequivocal, yes".

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Rep. John Conyers will not seek re-election after his current term.

He then endorsed his son as his replacement.

The congressman "still enjoys healthy support in our district", he said.

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Hours after Conyers, D-Mich., announced his immediate retirement from the House of Representatives, Rep. Marcia Fudge, a former black caucus chair, suggested that Ryan's responses to the Conyers and Farenthold situations had racial overtones.

"I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event", Elisa Grubbs said in an affidavit. "I hope my retirement will be viewed in the larger perspective of my record of service as I enter a new chapter", the statement from Conyers read.

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

After a 15-year struggle, Conyers succeeded in establishing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday in 1986.

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.

Word of Conyers' resignation was met with sadness among House Democrats, even though many had called on him to step down.

The specter of sexual misconduct is also overshadowing a high-stakes US Senate race in Alabama.

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