Chief Scoundrel in Congress
Four days after her abysmal excuse-making for serial harasser John Conyers, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi finally threw the 88-year-old Democratic congressman under the bus.
And all it took was a TV interview by former Conyers staffer Marion Brown — who identified herself as the woman who collected a $27,000 settlement (in taxpayer money) in 2015 after filing a complaint about multiple incidents in which she said Conyers propositioned her for sex.
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible,” Pelosi said yesterday. “Congressman Conyers should resign.”
Yes, nothing like having a name and a face to go with tales of victimization — even if by coming forward Brown had to violate the confidentiality agreement that came with the settlement.
Of course, yesterday’s comment was a far cry from Pelosi’s embarrassing performance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when she insisted, “We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation. Is it two?”
Well, actually it’s at least three as of yesterday — if Pelosi is still counting.
She insisted during that Sunday interview that “John Conyers is an icon in our country,” as if somehow that excused his behavior.
Democrats, of course, risk nothing by doing the right thing on Conyers, whose Detroit area seat would surely be filled by another Democrat — perhaps one less “iconic” and more in tune with the problems of a newer generation.
Meanwhile U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), whose nude photo (a “gift” to a then-girlfriend) surfaced on the internet, decided yesterday that it was time for him to retire after more than three decades in Congress.
At least Republicans are still capable of shame.
When last heard from, Conyers had checked himself into a Detroit hospital. And U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — remember him? — was still hanging on even after two more groping victims stepped forward yesterday, bringing to six the number accusing him of inappropriate behavior.
Maybe Franken can stick by his convenient memory lapses, until he too can claim iconic status.
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