Rep. John Conyers Resigns Effective Immediately

The New York Times reports:

Representative John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced Tuesday that he will leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.

Mr. Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House and the longest-serving African-American in history, called into a local radio show on Tuesday to break the news.

“I am retiring today,” Mr. Conyers said from a hospital in Michigan. “I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans. I will have more on that soon.” He continued to deny that he has harassed any of his former employees and said he did not know where the allegations came from.

  • Boreal
    • easygoingmister

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    • Steven H

      The problem with this chart is that it chooses “53 years” as a time-frame… which is just long enough to capture the 69 officials who were charged for Watergate. As a result, Nixon accounts for well over half of the criminal activity on the chart.

      Iran-Contra supplied about half of the remaining indictments (and note, indictments =/= people!).

      The three Democratic Administrations during this time period clearly had fewer indicted scandals, but Republicans got an extra presidential administration during that time frame, as well. A Bush I & II (and maybe Reagan) vs. Clinton and Obama comparison would be a lot fairer (and Democrats would still make out very well, though not as well as this chart suggests).

      Also, this is only criminal activity in the federal executive. If we threw in the legislative branch or state governments (which would be a more accurate response to the chart’s “Both Parties are the Same! Oh Really??” commentary) then we’d get very different results.

      So, in short, I think this chart is misleading.

      • Boreal

        Feel free to create your own chart.

      • Rambie

        So go back 30-ish years, get Carter, Clinton, Obama to Regan, Bush 1, Bush Jr. Even D and R there but you’d still end up with more corrupt Republicans.

      • IamSmartypants

        53 years seems like a reasonable time frame for comparing the performance of the two parties at the federal level since the longest serving public offical in either party was elected to office 53 years ago in 1964. Oops, wait, HE just resigned.

        Let’s just keep the comparison to ‘within living memory’ and not hold either party responsible for the scandals of their predecessors who were elected by our great-grandparents.

  • bkmn

    Roger Stone sure has been quiet lately.

    • Ninja0980

      Took the heat off Moore and got the media to do both sides.
      Mission accomplished.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “Starting to make retirement plans” at age 88!

    • Blake Mason

      don’t you wish we all had that option?

      OT topic… and not to be morbid… think he will be around much longer on this earth? I notice many high profile people die shortly after they are forced into “retirement”…

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        I do think that is another reason they stay on the job. It gives them a sense of value and purpose, something that many people miss when they retire, and it’s a cushy, easy job.

    • Tawreos

      Why would he retire from a job that will let people get away with not doing much at all? A job that also gives him access to people that will give him money just to talk to him and easy access to young interns that he pull power moves on. Why would anyone walk away willingly?

    • Reality.Bites
  • Ninja0980

    Should have been gone long ago.
    Absurd that so many of these Reps get to stay in office until they retire or die, even when it’s long past time for them to go.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I agree. I think it’s a testament to what a great gig being a politician is. Not difficult work, decent pay and GREAT benefits. They’d rather stay on the job into their 70s and 80s than retire, take it easy, see the world, etc.

      • Reality.Bites

        Don’t they have a decent pension plan? The one for our MPs used to be so generous they couldn’t wait to retire, especially as they could start to collect at 55.

  • HZ81

    Good, he should have.

    Keep coming for Al and someone is going to get cut.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Endorsed his son though?!

    • Tawreos

      The Lord of the manor would always pass his seat to his son, otherwise the peasants might get the idea that they could run things.

    • Blake Mason

      I thought it was his nephew.

      • TominDC

        John Conyers Jr endorsed his own son, John Conyers III.

        Another member of the family, Ian Conyers, is also running for the seat. Ian Conyers is JC Jr’s grandnephew (the grandson of JC Jr’s brother).

      • Xaca

        Couldn’t it be both?

      • OdieDenCO

        his great nephew has expressed a desire to run for the seat.

  • Blake J Butler
  • Tawreos

    I don’t necessarily like the idea of term limits, but there should be age limits. Getting an elected position is not supposed to be a lifetime job. It is one thing Alabama gets right. Moore was too old to run for the supreme court again, but the senate is just fine with him being around 70

    • Blake Mason

      a little bit of both would be good… When you make a career out of running for office and you keep getting elected… there is no motivation for a person to progress with regards to ideas… “I got elected on conservative/liberal and old ideas.. i ain’t got to change for shit… and will still get elected.”

    • DreadPikathulhu

      I see term limits as the only effective way to police this. There could be a 70 or 80 year old candidate with no experience that has good ideas for a district, but I don’t see a 70 or 80 year old that has been in the office for 50 years, as Conyers has, to be offering much in the way of new ideas.

      • Butch

        The problem with term limits is that it actually does take a while to learn what you’re doing in Congress and term limits mean they turn to the easiest source of information, which tends to be lobbyists. Term limits really do reinforce the power of lobbyists.

        • IamSmartypants

          Michigan has term limits for state officials and it has been a disaster. Legislators are forced out of office just as they develop expertise, then they get hired to staff the committees they formerly serve on. This effectively allows them to write the legislation and direct the elected members of the committee without any kind of personal accountability. That’s how things like the Flint Water Crisis happen.

        • MaryJOGrady

          I agree. The House rules are not as intricate as those of the Senate, but joining either chamber involves quite a learning curve.

      • Friday

        Term limits advantage the Republicans. Their sloganeering bigots and deniers are eminently-replaceable. Actual statesmen are much fewer and further between.

    • clay

      Ted Cruz has introduced a term limits bill,
      that only applies to people not yet serving at the time.

  • Slippy_World
    • Todd20036

      Wait… isn’t that an unintentional dig on the democratic party?

      • Rambie

        At least no elephants in sight.

    • justme

      republican family reunion??

  • Beth Sanders

    NO sexual perverts ALLOWED. PERRIOD!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      GRRL

    • Uncle Mark

      YAY….No more pussy-grabbing presidents, then

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Grave Robber says what ?!?!

      • GayOldLady

        This looks to be just another Trump Troll hiding behind the fragility of old womanhood. Coward!

        • Friday

          They found that photo and name… Attached to an obituary. Someone’s impersonating a dead lady.

      • Beth Sanders

        huh?

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Don’t sass me !!

    • greenmanTN

      Mama, if you don’t get off the Internet RIGHT NOW I’m gonna put butter on your walker handles again! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ae80ade7e432332ce033d18bbc83f607d5f8b1109da54b2b208fd60e3071c1f4.jpg

      • easygoingmister

        This looks a lot like the same lady that came on Wednesdays to an elementary school I went to in the 70s to lead bible study. She had a felt board with 2-D felt characters to ‘act’ out the verses of the day. Name was Ms. Bunch. We all got little red new testament pocket editions to bring along.

        • greenmanTN

          We had “bible class” in elementary school too. Being a little suck-up, I ordered a biography of Jesus from Weekly Reader (which I had no intention of reading) and when it came in I loaned it to her. When she gave it back she’d written all over it in the margins to correct it!

          I always lied about how often my family had gone to church in the last week too.

          • easygoingmister

            Holiness or Pentecostal – both of them. One or the other. No doubt.

          • greenmanTN

            Oh, and there was ONE Jewish kid in our class, so every week the announcement from the teacher was “Everybody but Neil get ready for bible class” then we’d walk down the hall to her lair.

          • AmeriCanadian

            I was sent to “vacation bible school”. In the summer. When it was supposed to be MY TIME. Talk about perversity. Not another gay boy to be found either.

          • greenmanTN

            Yep. And the cheesiest “crafts” known to man. For whatever reason the one I remember was paper sandals, which somehow tied into the lesson in some forgotten way.

            They didn’t hold up anywhere near as well as my “real” moccasins from Gatlinburg! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79482a16488f6ac9853e0f260270e980ccbb68c9d8a34dfc95650c751f87f36b.jpg

      • Beth Sanders

        oh my

    • GayOldLady

      Don’t make me reach through the screen and pop your garter grandma!

      • AmeriCanadian

        Perhaps with Joe’s help we can find out where “Beth” posts from.

        In Vitro,
        AC

        • GayOldLady

          And the “In Christ” she/he/it uses to sign off at the end of a comment is so weak.

          In Doubt,
          GOL

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Jesus was a fistpig bottom

    • The_Wretched

      That would include Trump you know. And Pence can’t ever be alone with a woman or look their direction. That’s the clear sign of prevert.

  • Todd20036

    A quisling. I’d sooner cry for the kids of springfield…

  • WNY

    Does this mean that Michigan’s Republican Governor gets to appoint a Republican to replace Conyers?

    • Ninja0980

      Even if he did, the Republican will be a one and done given how heavily Democratic the district is.

    • Butch

      No – governors can appointment senators but not representatives. There will be a special election, although the timing of the special is up to the governor.

  • Ninja0980

    Not sorry to see him go but also keep in mind this was a planned hit by Mike Cernovich and others to help out Roy Moore and Republicans.
    Why I can’t celebrate this 100%.

    • Tread

      This is whataboutism at its finest. They know we’ll happily take out the trash while the maggots in theirs worm their way to the heart of their party.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    ” endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.”

    No, don’t do that.

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN

    o/t Janet Porter congratulated a CNN presenter that Doug Jones had not aborted her unborn child…

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/jawdropper-roy-moore-spox-congratulates-cnn-host-on-doug-jones-not-killing-her-unborn-child/

    • Statistics Palin

      C*nts gonna c*nt.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Janet is gonna talk herself into a lawsuit

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Good thing she will have all her friend’s support from Reaganbook.
        lol

        • John30013

          Different person. Moore’s spokesbot is JANE Porter, not Janet. (Which is not to say that this idiot wouldn’t be on Reaganbook, too….)

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            ?? Hmmm…… Poppy addressed her as Janet in the very beginning of the vid.

          • John30013

            The linked article referred to her as Jane. Strange.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Yeah. I think it’s Janet. I never forget an obnoxious voice 🙂

      • bkmn

        Can’t happen soon enough.

    • greenmanTN

      Are you sure that isn’t Benny Hill in drag?

      https://media.giphy.com/media/12CNYhv6Mz6mje/giphy-facebook_s.jpg

  • Dayglo
    • AmeriCanadian

      Should be renamed the Rupert Murdoch Rag.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Insert Bloody where appropriate.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Where Trump is concerned, that turn of phrase is always considered appropriate. smh

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
      • Dayglo

        I wonder whether there will even be a right or wrong side of history when the dust settles. If the dust will ever settle.

        • Treant

          The dust will settle, guaranteed, but it generally takes about 120 years for the radioactivity to fade.

    • GayOldLady

      WSJ doesn’t want Mueller upsetting the Stock Market Apple Cart

  • Reality.Bites

    Wow! Finally someone took my advice!

  • jm2

    I’ve never understood how they can “anoint” their own successor in the House. This happened in my district when Daddy Lipinski won re-election and immediately turned it over to his son, who not only didn’t live in the district but didn’t the city of Chicago either! He lived in Tennessee! I’m sure you’ve all heard of the inimitable Dan Lipinski, the Dino of all Dinos to compete with the Rinos!

  • GayOldLady

    This demonstrates that the Dems still have a moral compass while the GOP is going down the shitter awash in sexual assault accusations and every other sort of scandal. The GOP is going to flush their entire party before this is over with.

    • Tread

      No they won’t, because they’ve been brainwashed by their propaganda machine that they’re all morally upstanding citizens and can do no wrong as long as “Christ forgives them.”

  • Xaca

    Goddamn it, congressional seats are NOT family heirlooms.

    Term limits and mandatory retirement ages for congresspersons, senators and justices. Too many serving too long, with too much entitlement and corruption.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/allahpundit/status/938074654895419394?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    So, anyone think that would actually work?
    Didn’t think so.
    GOP and the both sides media won’t give a shit.

    • Todd20036

      Plus, Franken wasn’t accused by anyone who molested him as a kid.

      But if the women have the proof that people have against Moore, I’d be ok with Franken stepping down.

      But if it’s just pearl clutching, then Franken should stay

    • Tomcat

      If they do they are fools.

  • Tomcat

    OT: Want to see how stupid our world has been in past.
    Anyone remember this one?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1ZS3HSAAyY

  • Southeast PDXer

    O/T: USA Today is running their blood-red headline that Mueller’s investigation has cost taxpayers $3.2Million, like that’s some sort of outrage. Meanwhile Tump golfing has cost taxpayers almost $90Million and the Benghazi investigation cost over $100Million. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a73d8fb7dc3202fba30b367d84c9c11cec9e7e5cfa8b297772e52172da3c4121.png

  • Ninja0980
    • greenmanTN

      I wonder what arguments they used to make him say that?

      • Tomcat

        They probably just reminded them they have the power in SCOTUS.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Ah yes, the power of a well hanging SCROTUM.

    • Tawreos

      How do you fuck up an argument based on “discrimination is bad”?

    • Cackalaquiano

      Seriously though, how much do oral arguments REALLY influence an individual justice’s ruling? Hasn’t each one decided long before the oral arguments are heard?

  • Strkr

    Just further proof there is no justice in this because that a-hole Dotard Chump is still in office….

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Not going to make a difference. I visualize Roy Moore taking it by a landslide next Tuesday. The window for Doug Jones, if there ever really was one, closed about 2 weeks ago once the shock wore over.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/JoshACLU/status/938087537545007104
    Small glimmer of hope but not holding my breath.
    Does Kennedy realize he is setting the stage for marriage equality to be weakened?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but no fucking way can we let this fucking happen.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/938087844173660160

    • The_Wretched

      Shit, stasi much?

      This is a horror.

  • Strkr
  • Richard B

    So unfortunate, John Conyers was an important civil rights icon and made important contributions to our nations, but his resignation for his misdeeds had to happen if we are going to have the credibility to hold the republican menace accountable for their sexual predator crimes. Specifically, we will need that political capital in case that vile snake, Roy Moore somehow manages to slither into the Senate. If that travesty of justice happens, our mission should be to relentlessly hound the antigay, child molesting, religious hypocrite to be accountable, until the bigot has been so humiliated, that he is driven out of office and back to the swamps of Alabama.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT: Here’s a good news story in the spirit of the season.

    Newfoundland and Labrador schools stop participation in Operation Christmas Child over homophobic policies

    Director of Education Tony Stack says values of charity not in line with those of school district

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/newfoundland-schools-operation-christmas-child-1.4427879

  • JCF

    Thank you. Enjoy your retirement Mr Conyers.

  • safari

    Whoa

  • The_Wretched

    I can agree that Conyers did bad things. However, a liberal black man is the one that has to go? He was leaked as a target. There are hundreds of ‘settlements’ that the House paid for. Release the evidence on ALL of them. Targeting the black guy is not ok.

  • I don’t know why he thought he wasn’t going to have to resign. Everyone who had to pay off a victim through that fund needs to be gone by tomorrow as well. And while I love me some Franken, he’s got to go. I realize that some of the Democrats aren’t accused of things as bad as what the Republicans are, but we can’t play the whatabout game. If you are credibly accused, you need to go. This has all gone on far too long. People are getting openly accused for things that have been rumored for decades. Long, long past due. And I have no sympathy. If you didn’t want this to happen then you should have kept your goddamn hands to yourself.