Conyers resignation sparks family feud over successor to office he held for 52 years
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) —
DETROIT, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - Longtime U.S. Congressman John Conyers sent a letter to Governor Rick Snyder said he would retire from congress immediately.
Conyers made his announcement after house minority leader Nancy Pelosi and others called for his resignation because of sexual misconduct allegations.
Political Reporter Nick Minock reported in Lansing where the story shifted to who will replace Conyers.
It has been 24 hours and already a contentious race is brewing to replace Conyers and family feud developed in the Democratic primary.
Moments before Conyers announced he was retiring, State Senator Ian Conyers, his grandnephew, announced he was going to run for his uncle's seat, but Conyers chose a family favorite Tuesday morning, saying he would back his son, John Conyers III.
Michigan Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, D-Detroit, said, “I respect, fully, his decision to retire."
Gay-Dagnogo may also jump in the race.
She said, "I have been asked [to run]. But in respect to the congressman, I think we should focus on his legacy and giving him an opportunity as he stated this morning finalizing his retirement and to continue celebrating the contributions that he made to our country."
Gay-Dagnogo organized a rally to call on conyers to stay in office on Monday and Detroit Democrats called for due process and fairness.
Ron Weiser, the Michigan Republican Party Chair, also recognizes Conyers' contributions over a congressional career that spanned 50 years.
Weiser said, “I think Congressman Conyers has been an icon in the civil rights movement and for that I respect him greatly."
But just like Nancy Pelosi and Dan Kildee, Weiser said it was time for Conyers to go.
He said, "On the other hand, he has admitted that he used taxpayer’s money for a ghost-employee and I think that's wrong. For that reason only, forgetting everything else, I think it was time for him to move on."
As Conyers' career comes to a close, he maintained this morning that the sexual misconduct allegations against him are "100 percent" false.
Snyder has to schedule a special election, which should be known by the end of December.