DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Conyers — beset with allegations of sexual harassment by former staff members — announced Tuesday that he is retiring.
The 88-year-old Conyers made the announcement while speaking with Detroit radio talk show host Mildred Gaddis. He was not clear on when the retirement becomes effective.
“I’m in the process of putting my retirement plans together,
Of course, he is supporting his son to fill the spot
, has announced that he will be retiring Tuesday and has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to run for his seat.
“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass,” said Conyers on a local Michigan radio station Tuesday morning.
He added, “I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children. I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress.”
The news comes after Conyers’ great-nephew, 29-year old Michigan state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News’ Jonathan Blakley he would be running for the elder Conyers’ seat.
No word on whether or not his son, or great-nephew, will vow to wear pants while fleecing the taxpayers or not