When disgraced Democratic congressman John Conyers (Mich.) announced his “retirement” Monday, due to a long string of sexual misconduct allegations launched against him by multiple women, the 88-year-old politician also stated that he was endorsing his son to replace him, to “preserve his legacy.”
Speaking in a radio interview from his hospital room Conyers declared, “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass. … My legacy will continue through my children.”
Conyers has maintained his claim that he is innocent of all the allegations against him, but the “stress” of it all resulted in him being admitted to the hospital, and he cited his age and health as the reason for his sudden retirement announcement.
First elected to congress in 1965, Conyers held on to his political career in the House for 52 years, becoming the longest-serving Representative in the House.
Conyers’ great-nephew, Ian Conyers, has said recently that he plans to run for the vacant seat as well.
Conyers’ son, John Conyers III, who the former congressman is “endorsing” to replace him, is a 27-year-old who has never run for office, but was an aspiring rapper during 2012 and 2013. Two of his rap videos have now come to the surface, which contain vulgar, unprintable language. (See videos below).
The son does have five opinion editorials published on the Huffington Post, and his bio there states he is a “partner at Detroit’s first minority run hedge fund. He is a seasoned multi-discipline consultant who has provided fundraising and social media services to both political and business clients.” It also states that “John is committed to melding community engagement, entertainment and politics.”
One opinion editorial he wrote in May is titled, “Orange Watergate: The Inevitable Impeachment of the 45th President.”
In 2010, John Conyers III received a speeding ticket while driving his father’s government-leased 2010 Cadillac Escalade. On another occasion, he reportedly drove the vehicle to a Detroit rap concert, where it was broken into, and two laptops were stolen, along with “tens of thousands of dollars worth of concert tickets,” resulting in his father having to reimburse the Treasury Department for more than $5,600. The report does not say if the laptops were personal or government property or if they contained classified information.
See his two rap videos below:
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) December 5, 2017
“Whatever they are, they are not accurate or they are not true,” Rep. John Conyers says of sexual misconduct allegations; Conyers endorses his son, John Conyers III, to take his congressional seat https://t.co/58SqrqMdCv pic.twitter.com/DtWaJQHegZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2017
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