House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knew she stepped in some doo-doo when she came to the defense of embattled and accused longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers.
Pelosi was widely criticized for calling Rep. Conyers “an icon”–even though he had been accused of sexually harassing several women.
Nancy Pelosi traded that support in today, and is now calling for Conyers to resign–but offered him some prayer on his way out the door:
“I pray for Congressman Conyers, however, Congressman Conyers should resign,” Pelosi said Thursday. “He has served our Congress and shaped consequential legislation—zero tolerance means consequences for everyone—no matter the great legacy”, Pelosi said in a statement.
Not so fast, says Conyers’ attorney:
“Pelosi did not elect the congressman and she sure as hell will not pressure him to leave,” attorney Arnold Reed and said.
Rep. Conyers, 88, has been in office for years and years: He was first elected to Congress in 1964.
Rep. Conyers, 88, was reportedly admitted to the hospital for a “stress-related” illness due to the ongoing sex assault scandal recently.
He is reportedly still hospitalized.
Nancy Pelosi has fought back against criticism that she’s been hanging on to power too long. Now 77, some blame Pelosi for Democrats losing elections across the country since 2010.
Rep. Conyers has been married to wife Monica, who is 35 years younger than him, since 1990.
Known for her fiery side, Monica made news, as a Detroit City Council Member, when she argued with the Council President during a public meeting and remarked that he looked like “Shrek”.
Monica Conyers later got caught up in a federal bribery scheme and ended up serving 27 months in federal prison.
She recently lashed out at the media over its coverage of her husband’s troubles.