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Pelosi To Conyers: Time To Resign

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has now called for Rep. John Conyers, a 26-year incumbent from district in Detroit, to step down from the House. The call stems from numerous allegations of sexual harassment that have been levied against Conyers in recent days, as well as the possibility that Conyers may have paid out at least one settlement to a prior accuser. Pelosi had walked her self into a corner in recent days by stopping short of calling for resignation, but clearly the political winds have shifted in just 48 hours.

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Politico has the scoop:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to resign in the face of multiple sexual harassment allegations against the 88-year-old lawmaker.

“I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well,” Pelosi told reporters. “However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”

Conyers left Washington on Tuesday following a meeting with Congressional Black Caucus members about his future. He has been hospitalized in Detroit with stress-related problems, according to Detroit TV stations.

The Associated Press also confirms the report:

According to Local 4 in Detroit, a Conyers political adviser blamed the “media assault” for the Congressment’s current hospital stay:

“I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone and we want you to know that the congressman is resting comfortably in an area hospital. He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age,” Riddle said. “The congressman’s health is not what it should be and lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault.”

Blaming the media for asking the questions about your behavior is probably a bad move. Democrats are constantly accusing President Trump of doing just that, yet here we are in familiar place.

Conyers hails from a district that votes 90% Democrat so there is/was no danger of his seat going Republican. However, it appears that the weight of carrying him to the midterms would have diluted any message Democrats could muster regarding the possible election of Roy Moore in the US Senate.

Conyers had previously announced he would not seek re-election in 2018, but now it appears that his colleagues are pushing him to exit his position much sooner.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • Nancy, since it would be wrong to have the old perv John Conyers resign by himself, I have an idea. The failed comedian and incompetent senator from Minnesota, Al Franken should join him. Of course all non contributing members of the Congress and Senate should also go. I of course mean all Democrats.?

  • The biggest known rapist in Washington DC sits in the President’s chair. Sarah Sanders recently stated in a White House press briefing, that the 20 women accusing Trump of assault and harassment are lying. Sanders offered no proof—just her say so. Trump suggested that some were not attractive enough for him to want to sexually assault. Not a denial of charges, so where is your outrage? Republicans have a righteous conduct code that they only use on others that do not carry their brand. A day of Reckoning is on the horizon.