John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who is battling sexual harassment allegations from former female staffers, resigned from Congress on Tuesday, after telling a Detroit radio host: “I am retiring today.” Conyers spoke in a rambling interview with WJBK host Mildred Gaddis, via telephone from an undisclosed hospital. Shortly afterwards his resignation letter was read on the floor of Congress. The 88-year-old insisted that the allegations against him did not diminish his half-century of service in Congress. “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now,” he said. “This too shall pass.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.