The pressure continues to mount on embattled Congressman John Conyers to resign after the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press, a local liberal paper, has demanded his resignation.
The piece notes Conyers’ “long and complicated legacy in southeast Michigan and the U.S. Congress,” referencing both his civil rights activism and power as a legislator as well as his “felonious wife and sometimes-wandering pace.” Conyers’ wife, Monica, served 27 months in federal prison for bribery, starting in 2009.
But the editorial board argues Conyers’ latest scandal – the bombshell document Mike Cernovich gave Buzzfeed News proving he used taxpayer money to buy a sexual harassment victim’s silence at least once – is a bridge too far. “It is the kind of behavior that can never be tolerated in a public official,” the editorial declares, “much less an elected representative of the people.”
Furthermore, Conyers appears to be in more trouble than just this one sexual harassment settlement. As GotNews reported earlier today, a source close to Conyers told GotNews that there are “multiple other women who have been sexually harassed by Conyers in recent years” who did not sign NDAs, at least one of whom is considering talking to the media. Later that afternoon, Buzzfeed broke the story of another woman who is alleging repeated sexual harassment from the Congressman.
The Free Press editorial board seems to also foresee an upcoming investigation into Conyers that could get messy.
“It means that whatever Conyers’ legacy will eventually be, his tenure as a member of Congress must end — now,” the editorial continues. “He should resign his position and allow the investigation into his behavior to unfold without the threat that it would render him, and the people he now represents, effectively voiceless.”
Crain’s Detroit Business Editor Ron Fournier noted that this editorial is especially significant because the Detroit Free Press is a left-leaning outlet:
Local liberal paper tells Conyers to go https://t.co/uH5KPQCMhJ
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) November 22, 2017
Indeed, the Free Press‘s editorial board even called Conyers a “hero” in the article, describing how they “reach this conclusion with an incredible amount of disappointment.”
Stay tuned for more.
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