Dec 5, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Conyers will not seek re-election

Rep. John Conyers. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) will announce Tuesday he will not seek re-election, according to his brother's grandson, Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator, per the NYT. The younger Conyers plans to run for the open seat.

Why it matters: Ian Conyers' explanation for the retirement doesn't mention the sexual harassment allegations about the representative: "His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health." Conyers was publicly accused of sexual harassment by another former staffer late yesterday, per the Detroit Free Press. The affidavit from Elisa Grubbs, who says she worked for Conyers for about 12 years, brings the number of Conyer accusers to at least seven.

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