“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass.” Democratic Rep John Conyers told a Detroit area radio show this morning as he announced that he was stepping down from his Congressional seat.
CNN (@cnn) reports, Conyers announced his retirement on Mildred Gaddis’ radio show in Detroit. Conyers endorsed his son to replace him in Congress. Pressure had been mounting for Conyers, who was hospitalized in Michigan late last month, to resign. Members of the Democratic leadership, including Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep Jim Clyburn, one of the elder members of the Congressional Black Caucus, all called on Conyers to step down. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan also called on Conyers to step down.
Last week, Marion Brown, a woman with whom Conyers had settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2005, appeared on NBC’s Today Show and said Conyers had “violated” her body, propositioned her for sex, and touched her inappropriately. The settlement was first reported by BuzzFeed News. Court documents also revealed that another staffer filed against Conyers in ’07, and later dropped a lawsuit against Conyers. She claimed that Conyers sexually harassed her in 2015 and 2016, while she was working for him.