The career of Democratic Congressman John Conyers has ended in disgrace. After 52 years of representing Detroit in the House, he has resigned amidst allegations of sexual misconduct. As such, he has joined the collection of politicians and celebrities who have recently been snared by allegations of such acts. Whether any formal action against Conyers will be taken remains to be seen.
What we do know is that the campaign to fill his seat has already begun. He has endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him. That probably should be no surprise. But there is a problem. Incredibly, his problem is similar to the one his father has. It involves abuse and women.
John Conyers III is a Detroit-area hedge fund manager. He has yet to announce whether he will be a candidate for his father’s former seat. And for good reason. On February 15 of this year he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend called the police. The woman was clearly injured by a small stab wound to her arm. Yet the district attorney declined to press charges. Justice appears to have been subverted as Conyers III walked free.
“John Conyers III, a Detroit hedge fund manager named as a possible successor to his scandal-rocked father, Rep. John Conyers Jr., was arrested in Los Angeles this year on suspicion of domestic violence, but prosecutors declined to charge him, according to documents first obtained by NBC News.
“The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office cited a ‘lack of independent witnesses’ and concluded that it ‘could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained’ while Conyers was disarming her, according to case paperwork.”
That raises as many questions as it answers. Here’s Conyers’ story:
“Conyers, 27, told The New York Times on Wednesday night that, during an argument, the woman pulled a knife on him and that ‘she cut herself’ as they struggled.
“‘I apologize, and I am regretful for any part I played in escalating the altercation,’ he told the newspaper.”
And here is a part of the woman’s story:
“The woman, however, told police that it was Conyers who cut her. She said that Conyers suspected her of cheating after he went through her computer and that he ‘body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her,’ the report says.
“She said that when she tried to call police, Conyers took her phone and then chased her into the kitchen, where she grabbed a knife and told him to leave. By her account, he took the knife and swung it at her, cutting her arm.”
Those are some incredibly serious accusations. John III would be wise to be grateful he did not have to face a court of law, and decline to run for office rather than forcing the arrest back into the public spotlight.
Yet that’s the problem with some of these politicians. Either they are so consumed by their egos, or are otherwise so self-deluded, that they think they are above the law. That the law does not apply to them. And sadly, too many of them have been right in those assumptions.
Will Conyers’ display a lust for power that trumps what judgment and reason he night have? We’ll know soon.
Source: NBC News