Democratic Rep. John Conyers To Announce Retirement

The New York Times reports:

Representative John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, plans to announce Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, according to a family member who now plans to run for his seat.

Mr. Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, will make the announcement by calling into a local radio show on Tuesday morning, Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator, said in a phone interview early Tuesday.

Ian Conyers, 29, the grandson of Mr. Conyers’s brother, said he now planned to run for the seat held by his 88-year-old great-uncle, a Democrat who represents the Detroit area.

“He is not resigning. He is going to retire,” the younger Mr. Conyers said. “His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health.”

  • AmeriCanadian

    Can only mean one thing…someone was/is about to come forward with something big.

    • Gustav2

      New Conyers Accuser: He Regularly Touched Female Staffers Inappropriately

      Attorney Lisa Bloom released an affidavit from former Conyers staffer Elisa Grubbs on Twitter Monday night. Grubbs said she witnessed Conyers “touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Marion Brown and other female staffers on multiple occasions.” Brown accused Conyers of firing her for refusing his sexual advances and alleged that the congressman touched her inappropriately and asked her to satisfy him sexually in a Chicago hotel room in 2005.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/new-conyers-accuser-he-regularly-touched-female-staffers

      • AmeriCanadian

        Yep. I believe the thought of more accusers coming forward put a lot of stress on him…enough to force him to be hospitalized.

  • Reality.Bites

    He needs to quit, not retire, and his great-grandson needs not to be the candidate.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Nepotism is never good in business, let alone politics. I am so thankful that Coleman Young’s illegitimate son was not elected mayor of Detroit.

      • Reality.Bites

        I won’t say never.

        I don’t think the acting world has been harmed by the Barrymoores.

        And nepotism has really worked out just fine in many businesses that have stayed in the same family for generations.

        We remember the failures, but not the successes.

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    • David J

      Yeah, there’s a possibility that the strong reactionary attitude of Michigan voters would NOT vote for the very junior Conyers, instead choosing a Republican to replace the senior.

  • GayOldLady

    Time to go home John. At this point your presence in the House is an embarrassment. Retire now and allow the good people of Michigan time to sort this out and elect someone to take your place.

    • DaddyRay

      How are vacancies filled in Michigan – please don’t say it is up to the Governor

      • GayOldLady

        I don’t know, but since there is a mid-term election in Nov 2018 I don’t think the Governor would go to the trouble since this is a House seat.

        • DaddyRay

          You know we are talking about the POS Rick Snyder

          • E.J.

            He is retiring at the end of his term, not resigning.

          • DaddyRay

            Yes but the suggestion was he should resign not retire. if he resigns then they can replace him

          • Ninja0980

            If they did, the Republican would last as long as the next regular term election given how gerrymandered it is for a Democrat to win.

          • David J

            There’s always that possibility when a governor appoints a Congressperson. However, Conyers’ district is one of the strongest Democratic Party controlled in the entire state.

          • Ninja0980

            Plus 32.
            Any Republican in that seat would last as long as the next election.

          • Craig Howell

            Governors can appoint Senators to fill a vacancy but not members of the House. The seat would stay vacant until a special election could be held.

          • GayOldLady

            Yep, I know.

      • David J

        I’ve been trying to look up the rules for Michigan,and haven’t come across anything by Googling. However, there WAS a “special election” in 2012 to replace a member of Congress, but that election was in 2012, in November, the date of the general election, to fill a term for 6 weeks remaining in that term, (and a DIFFERENT ballot choice for the following Congressional session). I quote: ‘When House seats do flip in a special election, there’s often some unusual factor at play, such as a scandal or a split in the dominant party. That was emphatically the case in 2012 in Michigan’s 11th District, when incumbent Republican Rep. Thad McCotter was denied a spot on the primary ballot because nearly all the signatures on his nominating petitions were fake. McCotter resigned in the ensuing scandal, and there were two elections that November: a regular one for the incoming 113th Congress, and a special election for what was left of McCotter’s term in the 112th Congress. A Democrat won the special election, but a different Democrat lost the general, meaning the seat flipped from Republican to Democratic and back again in the space of two months.”

  • David J

    At 88 years of age, most people don’t even drive a car anymore, or walk to the corner store, (actually well over 70% of people who have ever lived are dead by that age). Maybe others would agree with me, Washington DC, and holding elected office there might well be limited to people under 80. Those over 80: retire and you’ll get a nice lifetime pension, full medical benefits, and maybe someone somewhere will name some monument or building or post office or something after you.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Just dont get rid of RBG!!! We need her!

      • David J

        Well, in this climate, I doubt any rules for aging elected officials will change in DC. Also Ruth Bader Ginsberg holds a lifetime appointment to the SCOTUS. She’s not going anywhere until she dies or we elect a Democratic Pary president in 2020.

        • pablo

          Having a Dem president isn’t enough anymore. We have to have a Dem senate or at least be able to stop the Republicans from blocking the appointment. I’m still pissed about Garland. I can’t help think that there must’ve been a way for Obama to strong arm him through. You know if the situation were reversed the Republicans would’ve gotten their judge in.

    • Matt G, Rochester

      But they have that wonderful “Rolls Royce” healthcare, that we pay for but can’t have for ourselves. Hell, we get taxed if we have just a “Cadillac” plan. Of course, THEIR life expectancy s higher!

  • netxtown

    I haven’t heard about this much sex among a group of people since the Triangle in Denver…..

    • Silver Badger

      Forgetting the Ball Park are we?

      • netxtown

        oh my….I did.
        Those were the days, my friend..!

  • Good. And now on to every other Congressman who paid off rape victims with tax money.

  • Michael White
  • gaycuckhubby

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    • BobSF_94117

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  • DaddyRay

    OT: This should be good

    Report: Robert Mueller Issues Subpoena For Info On Trump Bank Accounts
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-deutsche-bank-mueller_us_5a269325e4b07324e84082dc?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    • Leo

      For Deutsche, linked to the Russian mob and the only bank left standing to loan Donald $$$. It was inevitable.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      And WSJ writes that Mueller needs to step down. Because…. pancakes with blueberries.

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/muellers-credibility-problem-1512432318

      • Leo

        The Editorial Board is in open warfare with the reporting division, WSJ’s reporters are leaving in droves. Murdoch’s going full steam ahead on all his platforms (Post, Fox, Daily Mail) against Mueller that will only grow louder. It’s outrageous but it’s not surprising.

    • gaycuckhubby

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  • Leo

    OT Your latest in Breaking Orange-Palooza.

    1) Karen Pence finds Donald ‘reprehensible’ and ‘totally vile’ according to an aide.
    2) Republican donors tried to buy out Donald after the tape dropped but couldn’t afford the $800 Million he said he’d want to drop out

  • Harveyrabbit

    OT but important news:

    “Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: source”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-deutsche-bank/deutsche-bank-receives-subpoena-from-mueller-on-trump-accounts-source-idUSKBN1DZ0XN

    You have to believe that this isn’t the only foreign/offshore bank that’s received subpoenas.

  • Matt G, Rochester

    Of course, the grand-son will insist on running, turning the seat Ruthuglican for the first time in decades, because the name Conyers will be so tainted.

    • Ninja0980

      It’s a 32 plus D District.
      It ain’t flipping.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        And Hillary won the popular vote.

  • Ninja0980

    Even before all of this came out, it’s been known in some circles (per reports) that his mind hasn’t been what it was for quite some time.
    He should have retired a long time ago.

  • easygoingmister

    Glad to hear it. All the sex creeps need to go to sex-creep dungeon and sex creep on each other. Done with them.