Michigan Rep. Conyers’ exit after decades could open political floodgates – Orange County Register
Standing outside Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ house, attorney Arnold Reed addresses the media, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Detroit. Reed is holding a photo of the congressman and Marion Brown, one of at least three women who have alleged sexual harassment while working for Conyers. Reed said that the congressman will discuss whether to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct in the coming days, but his health will be the paramount factor and not pressure from Washington politicians. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this July 16, 2011 photo, John Conyers, III poses with his father Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., in Detroit. John Conyers’ resignation from the U.S. House amid sexual harassment allegations unlocks the seat he’s held for more than a half-century. The 88-year-old endorsed his son, political neophyte John Conyers III. (Ricardo Thomas /Detroit News via AP)
In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Coleman Young II campaigns while running for mayor in Detroit. Rep. John Conyers’, D-Mich., resignation from the U.S. House amid sexual harassment allegations unlocks the seat he’s held for more than a half-century. Young II, son of Detroit’s first black mayor, is among several pondering a run. (Anthony Lanzilote /Detroit News via AP)
By JEFF KAROUB and DAVID EGGERT
DETROIT — John Conyers’ resignation from the U.S. House amid sexual harassment allegations unlocks the seat he has held for more than a half-century — and sets off a free-for-all race to replace him with at least three potential legacy candidates, including two relatives of Conyers and a son of a prominent former mayor.
Conyers, had faced growing calls to resign from Democratic leaders and colleagues as he’s been accused by one woman after another, vehemently denies he groped or harassed women who worked for him. As the 88-year-old civil rights leader walks away, he’s also seeking to preserve his legacy, having endorsed his son, political neophyte John Conyers III, to succeed him.
A grand-nephew of Conyers, Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers, also plans to run. Other names in the mix of possible candidates include Coleman Young II, son of Detroit’s first black mayor, Coleman Young; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; and former state Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Shanelle Jackson.
Given that Conyers’ heavily Democratic district has changed over the years to incorporate suburbs, the race also could draw Westland Mayor William Wild or state Sen. David Knezek, who represents Dearborn…