Dem. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) announced his resignation this week, after being accused of sexual harassment. The most recent accusation levied against Conyers comes from prior staffer Deanna Maher, who claims the representative “harassed and touched her” on three separate occasions that occurred at some point between 1997 and 2005. When questioned about why she didn’t report the harassment 20 years ago, Maher stated that, “nobody wanted to take it seriously.” She also claimed that, “John Conyers Jr. is a powerful man in Washington, and nobody wanted to cross him.” Maher is the third woman to accuse Conyers of sexual harassment in recent months, damning the long-term Democrat leader to struggle with maintaining credibility.
- Conyers, who is currently in the hospital for unrelated health issues, released a statement and his resignation through a local Michigan radio station. “This too shall pass. And I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children.”
- John Conyers III, Conyers’ oldest son, will enter the race to replace his father and follow in his footsteps. The Democrat leader’s great-nephew, Ian Conyers, will also enter the race, despite the fact that he will compete against his own family member.
- The 88-year old cited personal health issues as a significant driving force behind the resignation. He also shared his belief that, were he to fight the matter, it simply wouldn’t be possible to prove his case due to current public bias. “I recognize that in this present environment, due process will not be afforded to me.”
- Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) accepted Conyers’ official resignation just a few hours after the leader announced his departure on the radio. According to officials, the resignation contained only a single sentence. It read, “I have made the decision to retire from my position as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan’s Thirteenth Congressional District effective today.”
How do you feel about women who gained promotions by complying with requests for explicit favors? If a man is accused of asking for these types of favors in return for a promotion, and later gets fired or quits for such behavior, should the woman who got the promotion for complying be able to keep her position?