John Conyers Resigns, Faces New Accusation of Church Groping

U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) has decided not to seek re-election, The New York Times reported. The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives has faced a wave of sexual-harassment allegations by former employees, including a new accusation late Monday, in which a woman came forward to accuse Conyers of sliding his hand up her skirt while in the front row of a church. “He is not resigning. He is going to retire,” said 29-year-old Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator and the grandson of Conyers’ brother. “His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health.” The lawmaker said he plans to back his son, John Conyers III, to take over his seat. The elder Conyers has denied all claims of sexual misconduct.