The scythe has fallen on Rep. John Conyers’ career. His former champion, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, publicly denounced him Thursday. Paul Ryan agreed within hours. The feeble politician fled to the hospital, claiming media pressures had made him ill.
Conyer’s accuser gave an explosive an interview Thursday morning. The recoil was instant. Pelosi had no chance but to abandon her support.
“It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and propositioning for sex,” the victim, Marion Brown, said. Brown worked for Conyers for over 11 years.
“He just violated my body, he’s touched me in different ways. It was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional… He asked me to satisfy him sexually. He pointed to genital areas of his body and asked me to touch him.”
The disturbing account curdled any sympathy Congressmen might have felt for Conyers. It would be a travesty of justice if he were allowed to keep his post. His lawyer, however, insists that he won’t resign.
“Nancy Pelosi did not elect the congressman and she sure as hell won’t be the one to tell the congressman to leave,” said attorney Arnold Reed. “I would suspect that Nancy Pelosi is going to have to explain what is the discernible difference between Al Franken and John Conyers.”
Conyers is accused of a far more vile crime than Franken, but Washington would be improved if both men resigned. They’ve become embarrassments.
“The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible,” said Pelosi.
“It’s very sad. The brave women who came forward are owed justice… I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well, however, Congressman Conyers should resign.”
When questioned, Rep. Ryan concurred.
“I heard what she (Pelosi) said this morning on NBC. No one should have to go through something like that, let alone here in Congress. So yes I think he should resign. I think he should resign immediately,” said Ryan.
“I’ve just been briefed on the torrent of allegations and I think he should.”
Conyers is currently hospitalized.
(Source: Daily Mail)